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post #1 of (permalink) Old 07-30-2001, 11:54 PM Thread Starter
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Sometimes driving a Samurai can lead to a false sense of security. Being unstoppable, and unbreakable they sometimes lead you to believe that they don't need any maintenance either. I have been lulled into this false sense of security.
I have had my Zuk for 2 1/2 yrs., and never bothered to check the timing belt. I have put WELL over the 30000 miles that a new belt is supposed to last in that time, without a second thought....
Today it dawned on me...."Oh my God....The timing belt!!!". So I popped off the cover.....Wow, I didn't know a belt could get that bad, and not break!!! It is weather cracked to no end, and is missing chunks from the outside! Plus, the tensioner hasn't been tightening it, so it has an inch of play (probably what kept it from breaking! [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/crazy.gif[/img]).
My Zuk has about 200000 on it, and this belt has had to be on there since it turned 100000......scary! (just drove it 300 miles round trip to the Melt!!)
So just a friendly reminder....just because they are usually unstoppable....doesn't mean they don't wear out.
$12.99 at Autozone is better than $75 to the tow truck!!

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I hear ya.Better check mine too.

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Wow gonna have to pull my cover off this weekend....tahnks for the reminder

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Way ahead of ya, already replaced!

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Valves and timing was my goal for the weekend. Thanks for the reminder.
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I'm in the process of looking for a belt and have had no luck yet. Mine is a 94 with the round tooth belt. Anyone know any numbers and brands for replacement. All I can find around here have the acme tooth belt.

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Skyhigh, I gave you the factory part numbers in your last post regarding your belt, if nothing else order them from dealership.

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Update....pics of the belt...It is factory Suzuki, and is stamped 87 I don't know if that is the year it was made or not. All hail the 200000 mile (maybe) timing belt!!

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Can you say weather cracked??

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Are you referring to the belt or the fingers. Looks like the fingers are weather cracked too.

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