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Old 03-23-2013, 12:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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just bought a 2006 OB 2.5 limited with 114k
no history of timing belt being done.
is there a way to check to see if its been done
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Probably not, the expense of replacement is a cost they didn't want, so it was traded in.
Pull driver side cam cover and look at belt's condition. Cracks or lines in the ribs says no.
Timing marks still visible?
It's better to be safe than sorry, replace it, it's due.

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The most reliable way to tell if needs to be done is when it breaks and your engine screws the pooch.

I'd get it done if the inspection leaves you with even a shadow of a doubt.
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Plan for a TB job.

Belt
ALL tensioners/pulleys.
Crank and cam seals.
Water pump.
Reseal oil pump.
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pulled the short side of timing cover today and the belt looked good but when i checked the alternator belt it had part of split down the middle. Looks like I'll be doing a timing belt
and pulleys. power of deduction leads me to believe it wasn't done.
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A new car payment is often cheaper than a big cash outlay on programmed maintenance. It's the #1 reason people trade them in, and the dealer will always have something ready.

Get that belt job done and enjoy your car.

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I'd do the waterpump, thermostst, and coolant while I was already in there. not a bad idea to pick up the radiator hoses also.
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I've heard an OEM thermostat is the way to go. There are a few other brands that work, but don't just throw any old one in there. Search here for compatible options.
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I would change the belt anyway... Throw in water pump, thermostat and hoses at the same time... Worry free driving is what you want, right?

I did buy my thermostat and hoses at the dealer - real cheap so going for some other brands is not really worth it. Different thing is when you talk about water pump and timing kit... That you might want to pick up say at rockauto....

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I would change the belt anyway... Throw in water pump, thermostat and hoses at the same time... Worry free driving is what you want, right?

I did buy my thermostat and hoses at the dealer - real cheap so going for some other brands is not really worth it. Different thing is when you talk about water pump and timing kit... That you might want to pick up say at rockauto....

Good luck
Yep...the whole "shootin" match at Rockauto(TB kit w/pump, crank/cam seals) cost me just shy of $200. Another $250 labor from my mechanic(I know my limitations!) and all is good.
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