When to replace cam belt?

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  1. JohnBoyII

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    My cam belt is approaching 5 years since it was replaced, although I've only done about 25K miles in that time. Hyundai suggest 5 years or 50K miles whichever comes first. Should I get it changed or am I OK for a few more years yet?
     
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    Get it done asap or you'll be worrying all the time!
     
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    I'm not worried, just wondered if Hyundai went by time or mileage?
     
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    Whichever comes first.
     
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    If it's an older car and not worth much it can cost more to have the cambelt and tensioner replaced than it is to buy another cheap car. Mine was due 15k miles ago but it's a 53 plate car and a nitemare to change it. I'll change the car before the belt. I have a 61 plate Astra but that's worth a lot more so I don't mind spending when it comes to needing replacing,whether that be mileage or age related. The belt will deteriorate over the 5 years so I'd change it even if it had only done half the miles it can do. An easy comparison is tyres, old ones will dry out and crack so will need replacing even if they have only done a few miles, it's the same with rubber timing belts.
     
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    Kev, Have you got a Rover 25 with a KV6 engine , going by your name? Never knew they did that as an option but it would be a nightmare doing the belt. On a Rover 75 it's bad enough
     
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