Timing Belts


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Timing Belts

Postby moneypit » Wed Aug 13, 2014 2:09 pm



How often should I change the timing belts on my 1100.



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Re: Timing Belts

Postby Fatwing Chris » Wed Aug 13, 2014 2:34 pm

You'll get a lot of opinions on this one,but a lot Wing owners go by 8 years or 80 k as a general rule of thumb.If you don't know the history then I would suggest doing them now as they can be had really cheap from Napa and not a bad job to do.Lots of how to's around for replacing belts if you haven't done them before.
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Re: Timing Belts

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Aug 19, 2014 8:48 am

I personally would do about half that - 4 years or 40,000 miles. That's just me however - changing belt is not that huge a job, and it could potentially save your engine.

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Re: Timing Belts

Postby Old Fogey » Wed Aug 20, 2014 4:37 pm

It depends on the engine.

The 1000/1100/1200 with the trapezoidal toothed belts (sort of square teeth) the accepted rules are 25000 / 5years and that 5 years includes any time on a dealers shelf. This from the Tech dept. of Quinton Hazel (when they were still in operation)

The 1500 has a different round tooth form, Curvilinear, and the only official note I have found on this is to inspect them at 100k miles. That seems to be excessive in my view with an interference engine. I think Admins advice on this is good.

And anyway, inspection of belts is fruitless, unless there is very visible damage. Without that damage, a belt that is ready to fail looks just as good as one that is not. You simply cannot tell by looking at them.

The 1800 has funny sort of bendy metallic belts which apparently don't need to be changed ever! :)
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Re: Timing Belts

Postby bill55 » Thu Aug 28, 2014 7:36 pm

I apologize if I'm hijacking this thread but I thought I read somewhere that there is a date on the belts. Is this true?

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Re: Timing Belts

Postby WingAdmin » Fri Aug 29, 2014 1:04 pm

bill55 wrote:I apologize if I'm hijacking this thread but I thought I read somewhere that there is a date on the belts. Is this true?


Some belts will have a date of manufacture on them, yes - depending on the manufacturer. Sometimes there is a sticker on the box that has the manufacture date on it.




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