I have a 1993 Buick roadmaster estate wagon with 47,000 miles. I was recently at a mechanic for an oil change and was told the timing belt needs changed due to age. My husband recently passed away and I don't know much about cars. Is this true?
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To address your concern of your timing belt, yes, even though you have low mileage there is concern of dry rot to this belt. I would concur with the mechanic suggesting replacement. This belt is vital and can cause serious damage if not replaced accordingly.
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〉 Answered on Jul 16th, 2012 by Amanda J. Pierce, MBA "AJ", Certified Mechanic, Project Coordinator; Primavera Scheduler at VIGOR Alaska Industrial Shipyard & BizzM3ch Solutions
It looks like that vehicle has a timing chain, not a belt. Timing chains can last for a very long time and it may never have to be replaced while you own it. If your mechanic thinks that vehicle has a belt, then it probably would need to be changed because of the age.
Ask them why they think it needs to be replaced. Usually when a chain goes bad you hear a chain banging noise at start up. Just to give you an idea, the chain in my truck didn't get replaced until 230,000 miles. You may want to get a second opinion.
〉 Answered on Jul 16th, 2012 by Lori Johnson, Owner and Instructor at Ladies Start Your Engines