Timing for replacing timing belts.

Dear Car Talk

Dear Car Talk | Apr 01, 1993

Dear Tom and Ray:

I enjoy your newspaper column and your radio program. I seem to keep reading and hearing the advice that you should get the timing belt replaced after some 60,000 miles. I have a 1986 Oldsmobile 98 with 75,000 miles. Do you advise me to have the timing belt replaced?

RAY: Well, Carl, most manufacturers do recommend that you change your timing belt every 60,000 miles. But in your case, we'd suggest you ignore that advice.

TOM: The main reason for this recommendation is that you don't HAVE a timing belt. You have a timing chain.

RAY: The timing chain may break someday, and when it does, the car will stop running. But that could be 75,000 miles from now. If you drive gently, and change your oil frequently, the timing chain can last the life of the car.
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