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Q: I had my timing belt change at about 105000 miles. i am now at 170000, on 2000 Nissan Xterra

When should i change it again.
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I concur with pg, # 1. However if the water pump and thermostat have not been changed prior, this is an excellent time to do so! The timing belt only drives the two camshafts but the other componets are exposed at the time of belt replacement, so labor will be less then than later, should one of those fail.! Consider timing componet kit with water pump.
Thank you , the water pump was actually changed twice since I had the belt changed . The water pump failed one year later. I had it replaced but the tech used the same timing belt because he says nothing was wrong with the one he took off.
I agree in part but unless the belt is know to be fairly new, i suggest replacement if removed on any interference engine, which yours is! That's just my opinion though! I could be wrong!! It's rare but 'could' be! LOL!!! It's your vehicle, do as you please!
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Besides owning a shop, I also go into all the dealerships and most of the independent shops from Kitty Hawk NC to southern Maryland as an inspector/investigator for legal arbitration, warranty, insurance companies, BBB and national corporations/manufactures. I frequently have seen timing belts breaking well before the 90K to 105K mileage recommended by most manufactures (of course after it is out of factory warranty. The advantage to most manufactures to extend the maintenance on everything or to not even schedule change/replace (now most things only say inspect that in past said to change/replace)anymore is so they can help sell and market their products by advertising a lower cost of ownership by eliminating maintenance especially if it has little effect on the vehicle until after the factory warranty is expired. I recommend my family and customers change their timing belts between 60K to 70K changing components every other time. I have seen many failures starting at 72K and of course out of warranty. Please call Roy 757-456-0722, if you are due for change and make sure to let him know if you would like a free loaner vehicle while yours is being serviced, Jim
Thank you , every time I have my car service i always ask the tech to check my belts for wear...they all come back with i am find . My intentions was to have my belt changed at 175000 miles any way. i will call to get a price...
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