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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? Thank you, Ethel

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Amanda J. Pierce, MBA Ethel, Thank You for writing into AskPatty!! 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. Hope this Helps! Feel free to write back to us if you have any further questions! A. J. Valle

Lori Johnson, Owner and Instructor at Ladies Start Your Engines Dear Ethel, 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. Lori Johnson

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