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At what milage(kilometres) does one need to change the timing belt/chain?

I've driven 106000kms. Its too risky too do any more mileage without knowing what to do! Even the dealers appear to be too vague about this!

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Manufactures recommend a belt change at 60.000 miles or 100.000 klms
they are vague about the period because there are factors that will influence the life of the belt
continual high rpm work --high speed driving--dusty conditions --oil leaks all reduce the life of a belt along with age or lack of use
It is recommended by all accredited mechanics that when having a belt replaced, the idler pulleys be replaced , the cam/crank oil seals be replaced and any hydraulic adjusters be replaced
The oil is the major destroyer of belts and as they can all be replaced while the front is off the motor it works out cheaper than having to do the job again in a short period of time
Average cost for the lot will be around $1.000.00 AUd
most belts run in around $500.00 dollars and if the job is done in an accredited shop , there will be a work and parts warranty

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It depends on the vehicle, and the climate.
But a timing belt is expected to last for 60,000 miles and a timing chain should last the life of the engine, say 175,000 miles.
Some timing belt engines are interference engines, which means the valves can be damaged if the belt breaks while the engine is running. I recommend replacing the timing belt before 80,000 miles unless the vehicle runs in a hot climate.

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