Yeah I'm not proud of it, but I was checking the condition of the belt and thinking it was fine, pushed it to 114k miles. But again, now seeing how stretched it was, obviously not something anyone should be doing.
I managed to get around to mine on one of the early warm days we had back in March (around 108k miles and 68 months after the car was built). My belt looked pristine, and my tensioner was maybe a millimeter off from the mark for setting a new belt. It was rock hard, though. I hung it over a hook on my ceiling after removing it, and it's still hanging there in a perfect "O" shape. I'm not sure if it hardened with age, or if that stiffness is just from the Kevlar or fiberglass or whatever they reinforce it with. My new belt was much softer and more flexible, but it was the ACDelco Professional TB350 belt rather than the OE belt, so that could make a difference. The TB350 belt was also completely coated in black rubber, rather than tan/natural color on the toothed side like the OE belt. When I take it off in 95k miles (probably right before I hand it off to my daughter when she's 16), it will be interesting to see if that black on the toothed side rubbed off, or if it goes deeper than the surface.Just a follow-up, but I got the timing belt changed out last weekend along with the idler, tensioner and water pump. What an easy job. I just figured I'd mention the fact that these aren't the old school rubber belts anymore(at least this diesel, not sure about in general). Since they're more of a composite type of belt I can understand how the cogs won't show signs of cracking as much as the old rubber belts would, BUT, I did notice my tensioner was almost maxed out. So obviously the belt was stretching, and that's not something you can easily see without tearing the motor down anyway. I'm glad I replaced it, but for those that think if they don't see cracking then the belt is good, think about how it might be stretched too far and it should still be replaced at the suggested intervals anyway.
Is there a better way or procedure for getting air out of the system on these after you replace the coolant? I plan on fully draining the system when I do my belt.The harder part was getting the motor burped to fill the radiator. Missed that the first time after running it for 20 min. First trip it went 3 miles up the road to the stop sign and then the temp shot up from 1/2 to 3/4 when I pullled away. Made a U and creeped home and it gave me the shut down message a half mile from the house while I was coasting. I couldn’t get it happy enough to pull the cap off once I got it home so I ran my errands in the Beetle and toped it off once I got back with no issues.
Congrats on reaching 200k milestone, that’s a big accomplishment.I just hit 200K miles on my 2012 Cruze and my replace timing belt indicator came on. So none of you have taken it that far?
Oh, wait, this is the diesel category. I was just responding to the timing belt subject. I don't have a diesel.Congrats on reaching 200k milestone, that’s a big accomplishment.
There have been several documented CTD owners here that have surpassed 200k. It’s a great car and the diesel really adds to the ‘fun factor’.
Here’s to another 100k...
Why not just do it for the peace of mind? Its not very expensive especially if you do it yourself. I did mine at 100k and it was showing minor cracks at the base of the teeth.Currently at 92k on my 2015 put in service October 2015. My driving has changed to about 1K a month since my retirement last year. Next summer I'm thinking of a cross country vacation. Should I do the timing belt before the trip, around 96K or can I wait for my return at about 102K? To this point the car has been very reliable with only filters, oil, tires, one battery and the DEF heater/tank.
there is no 2016 diesel126 k on my 2016 and probably another 5k in idle time I'm an insurance adjuster so my car idles probably 4 hrs a day going to get it changed this week I've inspected the belt and it looks like new still but I don't want to push my luck dealer's say 120 is not unheard of
There are many people here that have gone well over 100k interval and have not had issues, myself included. My belt was still fine and all of my pulleys were good. I did have some minor water pump seepage though. In fact, the primary forced reason for replacing the belt I have seen here is the WP failing. Elsewhere, one guy on YouTube said he did his at 140k, not because the belt was bad, but because one of the pulleys started to squeal. I've only seen 1 instance posted here where someone had a broken timing belt, and he said he bought it that way, so we don't know the history.Currently at 92k on my 2015 put in service October 2015. My driving has changed to about 1K a month since my retirement last year. Next summer I'm thinking of a cross country vacation. Should I do the timing belt before the trip, around 96K or can I wait for my return at about 102K? To this point the car has been very reliable with only filters, oil, tires, one battery and the DEF heater/tank.
I know this was 2 years ago and you probably don't live around me; but Im just trying to figure out if the quote I got is reasonable. How much did this cost you? Do you remember?Did mine at 100K along with Water Pump, Serpentine belt, and pulleys. Piece of mind here.