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I have 2012 Chevy Cruze LS. (I think....I just know it's the base model haha) I believe it's 1.8 if I recall.


I reached 100k Mileage this morning and notice I'm receiving a "Check your Timing Belt See Manual" Which instantly struck a PTSD moment in me because long time ago (about 6 years ago) I had a 2003 Dodge Neon that the Timing Belt decided to snap on me while I was heading to work.

So I'm currently in panic mode since my first thought is "OMG what if this happens again I don't have the money to afford this!!!!"

My goal is to try to get it fixed now sooner than next week but my bigger concern is worrying it's going to snap before then. Since dealer cost an arm and a leg figured I'd just buy the part myself https://www.gmpartsonline.net/oem-p...jcnV6ZSZ5PTIwMTImdD1scyZlPTEtOGwtbDQtZmxleA==

And have a local mechanic do it.


Is the DIC message an actual check of the condition of the belt or is just something automatically comes up at 100K?

Thanks for the future advice :)
 

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You should still have some life left in the timing belt but don't take too long. The LS timing belt is supposed to be changed every 100,000 miles as general maintenance.
 

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Since dealer cost an arm and a leg figured I'd just buy the part myself https://www.gmpartsonline.net/oem-p...jcnV6ZSZ5PTIwMTImdD1scyZlPTEtOGwtbDQtZmxleA==

And have a local mechanic do it.
Check with your mechanic first. Getting one that will use your parts may be like trying to find a McDonald's that will make a Egg Muffin with your eggs.


get it changed sooner rather than later.
If you think changing the belt is expensive, you don't want to see the bill for when it snaps!
 
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Wow I have the exact same model and year as you... Have you had much issues with it? Mine only have 43k miles though, only issue I have is my brakes are squeaking in the first 5 mins of driving...

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Wow I have the exact same model and year as you... Have you had much issues with it? Mine only have 43k miles though, only issue I have is my brakes are squeaking in the first 5 mins of driving...

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Nothing Major haven't had issues with it as far having to replace anything out of the ordinary.



Another general question or the thread.....




Can a "possible" faulty timing belt cause the check engine light to come on?
 

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Nothing Major haven't had issues with it as far having to replace anything out of the ordinary.



Another general question or the thread.....




Can a "possible" faulty timing belt cause the check engine light to come on?
No. The belt is either good or it's snapped and you're left with a boat anchor of an engine. They don't stretch and have slop like chains have been known to do in some motors.
 

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Fair enough....guess I have another issue to deal with haha. My dad did always say cars sometimes go R.I.P the closer they get to 100k and beyond hehehe
 

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Hello Again,
Quick question.
What's the difference between a drive belt and a serpentine belt? How can I know which I have?

I ordered the timing belt kit online but the mechanic also said "if I want" I can also replace the "drive" belt I believe he called as he claimed it would have to be taken off anyway during the timing belt replacement process.

I tried to look this up online but I suppose cars either have one or the other.
 

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Hello Again,
Quick question.
What's the difference between a drive belt and a serpentine belt? How can I know which I have?

I ordered the timing belt kit online but the mechanic also said "if I want" I can also replace the "drive" belt I believe he called as he claimed it would have to be taken off anyway during the timing belt replacement process.

I tried to look this up online but I suppose cars either have one or the other.
Sounds like he's referring to the serpentine belt that drives your alternator and A/C. Probably a good idea to change that too while you're at it as rubber parts (like tires) age out over time.
 
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Hello Again,
Quick question.
What's the difference between a drive belt and a serpentine belt? How can I know which I have?

I ordered the timing belt kit online but the mechanic also said "if I want" I can also replace the "drive" belt I believe he called as he claimed it would have to be taken off anyway during the timing belt replacement process.

I tried to look this up online but I suppose cars either have one or the other.
Same thing - the serpentine belt is sometimes referred to as the "accessory drive belt". Which is what it does - connects the crank pulley to the accessories.
 

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If I remember correctly, the diesel requires special tools to R &R the belt. Dealership might be only one that would have those tools. Also seems to be shortage of belts so better vibe sure you have one before taking car in for service
 

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Speaking of belts....(mine isn't diesel)

How an I tell if my car has a timing belt or timing chain? Depending on who I asked say one or the other.
 

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Same thing - the serpentine belt is sometimes referred to as the "accessory drive belt". Which is what it does - connects the crank pulley to the accessories.

Blackburn, every time I see your posts your smoking, sure hope it has a great filter on that cigar. :th_coolio:
 

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Wow I have the exact same model and year as you... Have you had much issues with it? Mine only have 43k miles though, only issue I have is my brakes are squeaking in the first 5 mins of driving...

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I have the same model and year too. Just replaced my timing belt (100k club) even though it didn't show much sign of wear. The only problem I had is my temp sensor failed at 107k miles. That was $200. Still loving the car, know someone who has the same car with over 200k miles and no major issues other then general maintenance.

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There are timing tools for the 1.8L gas engine. Like a pin for the crankshaft to hold it at TDC and a cam tool. But they seem to have a much greater availability than the diesel tool kit. More 1.8's in the market I guess. It's also a little easier given that the water pump if I recall is driven off the serpentine belt. vs. internal on the timing belt.

I recall seeing the timing tools at Gates.com when I was considering the 2.0 CTD and looking at Maintenance requirements. The 1.8L tools didn't seem that expensive. Like under $100. I'd hope your mechanic would use them. The design of the tools, pinning the crank to TDC seems a lot easier than trying to mark everything and hope to get it lined up in the future.
 

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Back to the original post, I drove until 126,000 until I finally decided that I don't want to play the Russian roulette anymore and had my timing belt replaced. Right now, my brakes bothering me, also the car seem to developed a bit of hesitation lately. Not noticeable in cities, but on highways I feel like the gas pedal is only for decoration than something that changes things by pressing.
 
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