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Timing belt discriptionwhen it needs replacing

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Your owners manual should give you the timing belt replacement schedule. I believe it's around 60,000 miles. If you bought it used and are unsure whether it's been done then it should be inspected. Your looking for the same things you look for on the accessory drive belt. Cracks, splits, (in the case of the timing belt), missing teeth. Make sure you check both side of the belt. Also check the layers for signs of separation. Because this is a belt and not a chain it is a good idea to replace it if you have any doubts as to it's integrity. If it should happen to break while driving it could potentially cause more severe engine damage like the piston smacking in to an open valve. Below is a link to a diagram of a Caravan timing belt. Most people who consider themselves mechanics should be able to tackle this job with a service manual. However you should be able to have this done for between 150 and 200 dollars
Good luck.

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