timing belts in the box


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donmcferran
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timing belts in the box

Post by donmcferran » Sat Nov 24, 2018 12:31 pm



My "new" 82 aspy has a list of to-do's. One of the first is timing belts. When I bought it it came with new timing belts, still in the box, Gates, right part number. The PO wrote on the box "bought 5/2015" I am assuming that the age of these belts does not matter. Please let me know if I'm wrong.

One complaint> Why did they put the radiator filler cap in that horrible location?
The bike is a good winter project, snowed last night.



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Re: timing belts in the box

Post by DenverWinger » Sat Nov 24, 2018 6:02 pm

The belts DO age with time only.... The standard thinking around the forum here seems to average to 10 yrs / 50,000 miles. That said, those in the box should be good for 6 1/2 years.... :mrgreen:
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Re: timing belts in the box

Post by Aussie81Interstate » Sat Nov 24, 2018 7:12 pm

Do you know if those belts are the old ones in the box? or the new replacement ones - why would you buy belts then not put them on for 3 years ??
Just thinking - not criticising.... :)

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Re: timing belts in the box

Post by DenverWinger » Sat Nov 24, 2018 7:31 pm

Aussie81Interstate wrote:
Sat Nov 24, 2018 7:12 pm
Do you know if those belts are the old ones in the box? or the new replacement ones - why would you buy belts then not put them on for 3 years ??
Just thinking - not criticising.... :)
I'd call that "Thinking Outside the Box" :lol:
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♫ Take one down, Patch it around, ♪
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donmcferran
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Re: timing belts in the box

Post by donmcferran » Sat Nov 24, 2018 8:01 pm

Good question, I assume they are new, the guy who bought this bike and the timing belts died soon after, and bike has been sitting for 2-3 yrs,I bought it from his wife. These are clean, What color are they supposed to be?

Thanks for all the help, this forum is great. Liked the joke about thinking outside the box.

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Re: timing belts in the box

Post by Joneszy » Sat Nov 24, 2018 8:32 pm

Just a thought but I have an "OLD" friend who used to change out timing belts then keep the old ones as spares. I used to ask him if he would ever use the old belts again and he said "NO". For the price of timing belts I am thinking buy new ones and don't take a chance. Just my 2 pennies worth.

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Re: timing belts in the box

Post by donmcferran » Sat Nov 24, 2018 11:27 pm

Thanks for the good advice. The belts in the box look new( I was hoping timing belts had already been replaced, but probably not) but they are aged. Safest to buy a new pair, and do it right. Sometimes I'm too cheap, and trying to save a couple of dollars costs me a lot more. Thanks again.

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Re: timing belts in the box

Post by AZgl1800 » Sun Nov 25, 2018 12:50 am

is there any evidence that they have been used?

for the trouble it is, I personally would not install belts that are 30 to 40 years old, as that box might be.

but, if they appear to be brand new ( unused ) the date written on them seems to indicate that he was going to change them, but life expired before he had the chance to do that.

5 years is not old, 30 years and 50k miles or more is...

my car is a 2007 Pontiac Vibe, and I am NOT going to be changing the timing belts on it any time soon.


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