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Posts: 19Registered: Nov 2003
axioscg
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Sunday, October 31, 2004 7:41 AM

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Bill,

I hope you can answer this one for me? I had my 15 K service done along the clutch, cats water pump and etc done on Jan. 2004, at that time the car had 15,001 mileage. It is now oct 2004 and I have put on 19k miles with a total of 34 k on the car currently. I talked with lake forrest and they said I do not need to the 30 k because I drive my car a lot. They mentionned doing the 30 k when we end next summer. Does this make sense? I drive my car every other day and heres it a good one, I got 19 k miles a full set of P zero's. I do not beat the car , but enjoy it with respect. opinion would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks Chris


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Posts: 1202Registered: Dec 2001
BillBadurski
FCA Technical Chairman


Sunday, October 31, 2004 4:36 PM

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Chris,
I'd agree with them. The whole cam belt change issue arose from "garage queens" whereby the belts remain stationary under the tensioners for long periods of time.

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FCA Technical Chairman


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Posts: 19Registered: Nov 2003
axioscg
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Monday, November 01, 2004 5:46 AM

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Bill,

Thanks for the input. My only concern was that by the end of next summer I will probably have at least 45 to 50 k on the car. It is hard to let the car sit in the garage as you can tell by the kind mileage put on. I bought the car to drive it and lord knows I do. Thanks again for the advice.

Chris


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BillBadurski
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Tuesday, November 02, 2004 7:48 PM

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Chris,
Way back in the good old days, when then 365GT/4BB Boxer and then through the testarossa models were new, the belt change recommendation in both Owner's and Shop Manuals specified 52,500 miles for belt changes, with no mention of a time interval.

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Posts: 14Registered: Aug 2005
Andrew
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Friday, October 07, 2005 7:55 AM

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Bill, I bought a 75 GT4 in July whose engine was fully rebuilt with new cam belts, etc., in 1992. Since then it was regularly, but lightly, used, racking up about 5000 miles in that time. So the mileage on the belts is low but the time is long. I'm feeling like I ought to do the cam belts before long. Seem prudent or am I over-worrying it? The belts look fine from a close visual inspection.

Andrew Watry




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Posts: 1202Registered: Dec 2001
BillBadurski
FCA Technical Chairman


Saturday, October 08, 2005 9:23 PM

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The whole issue seems to be associated with belts stationary under the tensioners. If the engine was not routinely cranked over, I'd do the safe thing and change them.

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William V. Badurski
FCA Technical Chairman


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Posts: 14Registered: Aug 2005
Andrew
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Wednesday, February 15, 2006 2:51 PM

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I just finished doing the belts and tensioners on my GT4. Belts were 12-14 years old, with maybe 2500 miles on them. Belt and bearing replacement went smoothly, and I found weeping water pump while I was in there, so I'm glad I did it. Old belts looked fine on removal, but tensioner bearings looked terrible, although turned smoothly. Who knows how long belts might have lasted though.

I wrote up the belt procedure for a GT4 if anyone wants to see it.

Andrew Watry
andrew dot watry at lexisnexis dot com


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