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Old 11-10-2017, 12:11 AM   #1
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Default Timing belt

When does the timing belt needs to be changed on my 1998 Saturn SC 1?
I've owned it since 2006 and never did a timing belt change.

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Old 11-10-2017, 01:30 AM   #2
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There is no belt. There's a timing chain. They typically last for 100K-150K miles I'd say. And I don't believe there's a way to tell unless you remove the timing cover and check they extension of the tensioner.

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Old 11-10-2017, 02:14 AM   #3
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Thanks for the reply back.

Well... I'm already at 277+ K miles on my car.
I'm surprised it's still going.

How difficult would it be to change it?
I really don't want to spend, what I assume will cost more than what the car is worth to have it changed.


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There is no belt. There's a timing chain. They typically last for 100K-150K miles I'd say. And I don't believe there's a way to tell unless you remove the timing cover and check they extension of the tensioner.

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Old 11-10-2017, 06:37 AM   #4
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I replaced mine at 204K just because I was doing a rebuild. I honestly don't think I'd replace it if I was not already going inside the engine. If it is not making scary noises then I'd let it be.

When I bought my Saturn new in 99, that is one part of the sales pitch I remember. The Hondas and similar had belts and the Saturn had a chain.

Edit: at post 273 in my thread there are pictures of the timing cover off while in the car. Not super hard of a job but a pain compared to working with the engine on a stand. You could do it in a weekend.
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Old 11-10-2017, 07:31 AM   #5
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So, what kind of noises should I hear for if it could be the timing chain?

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Old 11-10-2017, 07:57 AM   #6
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A slapping/loud clacking that never stops.
If you keep up with oil changes, and never let it get below the dipstick I would not worry about changing it at any interval (except at engine rebuild time).
My 96 suburban has a chain, 331K miles on it now, and does not make noise, does not use any oil ever. It had to have been build on a Wednesday.

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So, what kind of noises should I hear for if it could be the timing chain?
The engine will begin to sound like a diesel engine.

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