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Close to disaster as it gets

'02 1.8TS, now 116k miles, last belt replaced at 59k, 5 years ago.

There are several teeth are missing at different places along the belt, in total 8 teeth. The white tensioner is badly worn & was at the FULL Minimum position, who it didn't slip position or break completly is hard to comprehend.

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Scary thing is the person who owns this car wasn't wanting to get it done for another few weeks. "Sure the interval is 72k" was their comment after I told them they were already living on borrowed time, by 21k ..... who'll have 'egg on their faces' tomorrow
 
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Mad that it didn't slip at all. Thank god you saved another one man.
 
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i personally am starting to think that if the timing belt is replaced as a kit [ belt, tensioner & idler ] its good for 48k or 4 years .... thats only my own opinion, based on seeing belts that have lasted upto a scary 60k.
 
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Scary thing is the person who owns this car wasn't wanting to get it done for another few weeks. "Sure the interval is 72k" was their comment after I told them they were already living on borrowed time, by 21k ..... who'll have 'egg on their faces' tomorrow

Did you slap the person in question ? I would've
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I presume people still don't inform them that it's changed to every 36k
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I recently bought a fairly neglected Spider and when I looked it had 20mm up and down slack in the belt between the cams. I didn't dare start again until belt etc fitted!
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i personally am starting to think that if the timing belt is replaced as a kit [ belt, tensioner & idler ] its good for 48k or 4 years .... thats only my own opinion, based on seeing belts that have lasted upto a scary 60k.
The black 146 had over 54k miles and 9 years on the belt. It was whining due to the tensioners being worn. But it lasted the trip from Dublin to cork and Cork to the sweep thank god the most nerve racking 350 miles ever.
 
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The owner of that car is blessed with great luck... missing teeth and all... the belt that is, not the owner..
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the owner is missing a few teeth too
 
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