Camshaft belts....how to tell if they need to be changed?


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cygmark
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Camshaft belts....how to tell if they need to be changed?

Postby cygmark » Tue May 11, 2010 2:05 pm



How do i tell if my camshaft belts need to be changed on my 81' gl1100 interstate, and is it a hard job and where would i find a how to?

Josh



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Re: Camshaft belts....how to tell if they need to be changed

Postby WingAdmin » Tue May 11, 2010 2:22 pm

There's no way to tell, other than how long they've been on, and how many miles they've gone through.

The service and owners manuals don't list specific replacement periods, leaving it open to conjecture. Age of the belts is as important as mileage. Because they are designed not to stretch, ever, they don't crack with age and wear like regular drive belts. Timing belts that are on the verge of failure can look perfectly fine.

For my bike, I would plan every 40,000 miles or 5 years, whichever comes first. Some may say longer, some may say shorter. It's up to you.

I haven't got a how-to on my site here yet, as when I did mine, I wasn't yet creating them. However, NEXT time I do them, I'll document it for sure!

There are a few places on the web where people have attempted to describe the process.

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Re: Camshaft belts....how to tell if they need to be changed

Postby ramdam1 » Tue May 11, 2010 9:15 pm


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Re: Camshaft belts....how to tell if they need to be changed

Postby goldylocks » Wed Jun 02, 2010 8:10 pm

ramdam1 wrote:http://www.goldwingfacts.com/forums/forum9/17422.html

Try this. Worked for me.


Great link!

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Re: Camshaft belts....how to tell if they need to be changed

Postby cygmark » Thu Jun 03, 2010 9:30 am

Well i changed the belts, Napa was actually the cheapest in town for all you canadians out there, and when i took the old ones off the rubber felt like it was made from a hockey puck, definatly needed changing. Thanks for all the replies.

Josh

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Re: Camshaft belts....how to tell if they need to be changed

Postby gordonv » Fri Jun 04, 2010 10:54 am

What price did you get from NAPA Can?

I could only get one belt at one store when I went down to Vegas and back, and now need to make a second trip across the border to Bellingham (call first to make sure they have one) and pick up a second belt. Bought the first for $26, their web site shows $29.




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