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When to change cam belt on a 1.6 2001 puma, 55k miles

Does anyone know if I can wait until 80k before changing the Cam belt even though the car is well over 5 years old?

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The service interval is 60K, so if your are at that or over I would change it. This engine is an interference fit engine and a belt break will cause internal engine damage.

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