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Timing Belt Precautions!!

Old 02-12-2017, 09:48 PM
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Not sure how clear these will be - serpentine belt looks pretty good but I do see some minor wear on the timing belt. Not opposed to waiting but I'm also fine with spending $3-400 and a weekend to avoid any major problems in the future. Reading all of the catastrophic events makes one a little nervous....
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Old 02-12-2017, 09:53 PM
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Here is the picture I meant to send earlier.
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Old 02-16-2017, 06:48 AM
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Based on the pictures, anyone have thoughts on the necessity of completing the belt maintenance?
Old 02-16-2017, 07:07 AM
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On a 2012 with 72k, it doesn't need to be done.
Old 02-18-2017, 01:40 AM
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Default No problem waiting, IMHO

Hello, I have a 2005 S60 2.5-5 Turbo and I had my belt replaced with water pump at 100K by Sandberg, a dealer here in Seattle. The recommendation I heard was 10 yrs/120K. I had it replaced last year and got the original belt back.

The car was owned by a Catholic High School teacher and coach for the first 80K, so to speak, no speed merchant, and then by modest driver me for the remaining 20K here in Seattle, not seeing dusty or very cold or hot temperatures, and for certain, no hard driving.

The belt I got back had all its teeth, just about 25% of the edges of the belt had any kind of loose threads, but the back of the belt was rather shiny with real pressure wear on it. If I could have put it back in, I would have gone another 40K with no concerns. Yours, a little thready at the edges, looks much better than what they took out of mine (except for the higher number of threads,) but to write it again, mine was not that worn. Good luck
Old 12-29-2017, 11:38 AM
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I just did a timing belt service on my '03 S60 2.5T AWD.
The previous owner said that it had been done 20,000 miles ago (at 110,000 miles) when I bought it a few years ago. I didn't see any stickers or proof that it had been done besides a service receipt so I decided to take a look for myself and change it if it was due.
When I opened the timing belt cover, I noticed that the belt looked fairly new but the tensioner and idler pulley looked original. It seems that the dealer that did the service just slapped a new belt on it and called it good.
My water pump was starting to leak as well so I ended changing the T-belt, T-belt tensioner, Idler pulley, Water pump, Serpentine belt, and Serpentine belt tensioner.

Some suggestions for the DIY kind of person:
- Get a crankshaft holding tool to remove that 30mm nut. It is on there TIGHT! I almost broke a 1/2" breaker bar trying to get it off. I had to use a huge pipe extension to get the right amount of leverage. It was the tightest bolt that I have EVER had to remove...
- Jam a screwdriver or something in under the crankshaft gear when putting the T-belt on. That way the belt won't slip off of it when you are lining up the belt on the upper camshafts timing marks.
- Take time to figure out how to properly set the T-belt tensioner. It's a VERY fiddly mechanism and is easy to set up wrong.
- If you are replacing the water pump, make sure to remove all of the old gasket material from the engine block. Mine was awful and required me to spend a lot of time cleaning it all off before installing the new pump/gasket.
Old 03-04-2018, 11:52 AM
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Default Looking for a good Volvo mechanic to do a timing belt replacement

Looking for a good Volvo mechanic to do a timing belt replacement on Long Island
Old 04-09-2018, 08:52 AM
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Default Replacing mine today

04 xc90 T6, 74K miles. Volvo tech said TB usually recommended to change 105k or after 8 years. He took a look at my TB and showed me that itís starting to get cracks. Suggested to change soon. Will be getting it done today. Donít want to wait for it to break!
Old 12-06-2018, 03:11 PM
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Can anyone please help me? I am new to this forum and also a new Volvo owner. i recently purchased a 2002 Volvo s60 T5 from an auction. i took it to my mechanic and he suggested that i replace the timing belt. he asked me to find out, immediately, when the timing belt was supposed to be replaced and also if it was a "freewheeling engine" he said that if it were a "freewheeling engine" that it would not matter if the belt broke. so i guess my question is, is this engine the type that would survive if the timing belt broke and also when is it supposed to be replaced? the engine has 146K miles on it. I really like this car and want it to last, although i bought it from a scrap yard and so i have no history on its maintenance.... i have been working on it for a year as i get funds to fix it. its come along way but still needs an exhaust system and a slight bit of body work to the rear end.
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