Do timing belt have shelf life?

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  1. gunnerzz

    gunnerzz Well-Known Member

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    Just curious...
    Does timing belt have a shelf life?
     
  2. Tom

    Tom Administrator
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    Probably does since it's made partially of rubber. Kinda like tyres i suppose
    I think you're looking between 5 - 10 years?
    likely depends how it's kept as well, cool and dry or wet and humid plays a big part in this
     
  3. gunnerzz

    gunnerzz Well-Known Member

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    In that case its kinda risky for me.
    My 1.8 waja is 16 years old this year and not many of them around now...well its not much to begin with. There is at least 4 shop near my house which i know carry my timing belt and ill be a risky affair for me then.
     
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    I'm sure it's not heading for extinction that quickly? plus there are OEM makers for these things. Try asking the spare parts shop guy what he knows about timing belt storage or if your timing belt supply will soon run out?
     
  5. RENESIS VIII

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    Tom, unfortunately for his case, his Waja is the rare version that uses the Renault 1.8 engine, that is why he thinks that the parts for his engine is heading for extinction soon.
     
  6. vr2turbo

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    Search for Renault parts then. My Chery SUV have Renault GB, was searching for transmission parts, later found at Renault part shop.....:biggrin:
     
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    Agree, brand new and stored properly can last a long time.
    Made of steel belts and rubber but the tooth are mainly rubber. Usually that gives way first rather than the whole belt snap....
     
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    I think if need to find it specially, the price won't be wallet friendly already.
     
  9. gunnerzz

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    Have been using ori renault timing belt.
    only worried coz for sure the belt is kept on the shop shelf for years due to low demand.

    Even more concern is the ori renault belt recommended interval is 80k km if not mistaken.Keeping the part on shelf for very long will affect its lifespan yes?
    There are brand which claim their belt is good for 100k km...this bugs me...why renault ori belt only last 80k km...engine put lots of stress on the belt?

    i encounter once my tensioner melted and causing knocking sound when starting the engine
    this timing belt set reach abt 60k km and is ori set. when removed,belt is still good visually.

    just worried it snapped...repair bill for renault engine is walauweh...
     
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    Like mentioned above, stored properly can still last a long time.
    This happened to me when I bought 2nd hand Honda. Car hardly used, 4 years old did 40k km only. Mechanic say change timing belt at 60k km, but after 1 year use hardly 50k km the belt broke. To me is not the mileage but the length of time and heat. Basically if cannot reach the mileage better change after 4 to 5 years......lol
     
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    Manufacturer claims can be taken with a grain of salt unless they guarantee it with an engine rebuild warranty. Kinda like Porsche Cayman 712 turbo 4-cylinders claim of 820kgm of CO2 or something. To be able to achieve that sort of emissions you need to drive below 80km/h and do gradual starts and all that... in a Porsche? Yeah right.

    And personally if you take the effort to remove the belt, visually good or not, it's already pre-tensioned and some wear is already there. I'd just change to a new one for peace of mind
     
  12. alcyon

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    You can always inspect the condition from time to time, they usually have warning signs, like splitting, cracking, fraying of tooth...
     
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    I have seen some belt still pretty good condition but the tooth gave way. After certain mileage, or time period better to change anyway......lol
     
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    u can always order those at continental sparepart shop...
    or thru nissan/renault SC...

    or easiest..order it online such as lazada and keep it on standby when near due change....
     

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