Someone had a fun on Valentine's Day. :w00t: :dinnerfor2: Way to go, Don. Teach these youngsters a thing or two...I get more value from $25 by bringing home flowers and a bottle of wine
I am not planning to replace mine until it shows signs of wear. They don't make these belts like they used to, they make them better. A regular visual inspection will save you lots of time and money on most vehicle maintenance.
$400 is cheap. My dealer quoted me $700+ to replace the timing belt on my PT Cruiser, a year ago. Instead, I did it myself and spent a week replacing it.(I had to do it 2X, don't ask) It was the one of the worst jobs I have ever done on that car. Much worse than removing and replacing the front subframe on that car! Basically I had to disconnect the engine mounts from the chassis just to slide the entire powertrain over about 1 inch to clear the right side inner fender!Nice thing about this engine is there in no timing "belt." Someone finally woke up and went back to installing timing "chains" in these engines. There's a $400 savings. And you're right, armtdm, cracks are noticeable.
Ha,$700 depends on the vehicle well my ex 3000GT VR4 (1997) interference engine only had 57,000 on it when I sold it and one reason was the maintenance cost. I had the timing belt replaced once when it was 8 years old and even though mileage was low it was going on another 8 years and the dealer wanted $1,300 to do it. Actually a good price too, all labor, no room under the hood twin turbo and I decided it was time to let her go. No one would work on that engine only the dealer so not many options and then the last Mitsubishi dealer in the area went under so it was an omen.$400 is cheap. My dealer quoted me $700+ to replace the timing belt on my PT Cruiser, a year ago. Instead, I did it myself and spent a week replacing it.(I had to do it 2X, don't ask) It was the one of the worst jobs I have ever done on that car.