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Old 11-16-2010, 02:14 AM
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Hey fellas,

i was wondering if any of you knew what the rated mileage on our engines means its time to change the timing belt and water pump? i think for most engines its 80,000?

Also whats the easiest way to check and see if it has already been done? my truck has just over a 100k on it and the previous owner had it for 3 years but only put 7k and doesnt know if it got changed before that.

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Old 11-16-2010, 09:11 AM
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I'll go out on a limb here, (and get shot off too)
I have not been in the timing case on mine yet (if it ain't broke...leave it alone)
every LA engine I worked on in the '70's had a CHAIN to drive the cam. I can't imagine changing this design.
That being said, unless previous owners never changed oil.. I would 'IMO' say 200K is closer to service life. All my 5.9's have at least 200,000... and one made it to 250,000 before I swapped it for a fresher one. (timing chain was not an issue for doing it)
The water pump should be almost the same here too.
Any leaks around shaft... noises.... fan 'run-out'? ( be aware the fan clutch will 'give' a little while checking) it's best to take belt off to check bearing play.
I would say you are good for some miles yet!
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Old 11-16-2010, 09:33 AM
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I had mine replaced at around 160k or so. I had an intake gasket leaking and when that was getting repaired I decided to do the water pump, timing chain etc. I wasn't having any problems just preventive maintenance type of thing.
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Old 11-16-2010, 09:37 AM
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You don't have a timing belt, you have a chain. Water pumps only need replacing in the event of a failure.
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oh ok well that definitely is good to know. the last car that i had as a driver was a honda with a timing belt which explains why it would need to be changed at 80k but a chain must be alot stronger!
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They are. Granted even a chain will develop some stretch over a lot of miles but unless it's causing a problem or the engine is being rebuilt, there's no reason to replace it.
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Good information here! Thanks Ramtech.
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182000 milesb on my third waterpump previous two failed factory one made it to 90000 then put a reman from napa (junk) now i have one from advanced auto new. really dont know why my truck goes thru them so much.
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If your first one made it 90k and you needed two more to make it to 182k, then my guess is the aftermarket pumps are crap.
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Spend the extra $25 and get a new pump, instead of a reman. Lifetime warranty instead of 1 year. Wouldn't trust my cooling system to a reman part.
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