Timing Belt replacement on Duetto

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Timing Belt replacement on Duetto

Post by Achilles heel on Wed Oct 04, 2017 9:38 am

1996 Duetto, 66k miles on clock.

Timing belt was replaced in June 2012, when the van had done 50k miles.

Garage who recently serviced it suggest timing belt change every five years or 50k miles, but our van has only done 15k since the last change.

Which is more important - the 50k mileage interval or the five year time interval? What is a timing belt made of? Is it likely to deteriorate over time if not used as regularly as a Transit is designed for?

Or should I just get it done?
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Re: Timing Belt replacement on Duetto

Post by bikeralw on Wed Oct 04, 2017 10:05 am

Different van I know, but I replaced the belt on my Boxer when it was ten years old, in line with Peugeot recommendation, even though it had only covered 40,000 miles from new.
These commercial vans are designed to go round the clock umpteen times which won't happen with my van, so I'm inclined to replace the timing belt on a time basis rather than mileage. If I still have the van I'll be looking to replace the present belt when it's 7 or 8 years old.
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Re: Timing Belt replacement on Duetto

Post by chrisk on Wed Oct 04, 2017 11:25 am

It don't matter how many miles it as done, thats why it is 50k or 5 years which ever it reaches first. Not worth chances a cam belt cheaper than a new engine.
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