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« on: July 22, 2014, 10:51:52 PM »

Hi All

I've had my Beta Spyder now for 5 years, during which time sadly it has done only about 3000 miles. The cambelt  had been changed at the time I bought it. Should it now be replaced. I understand the recommendation is 36000 miles or 3 years, so I guess I should do it despite the lack of miles? Perhaps you experts out there could guide me,

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Del
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« Reply #1 on: July 22, 2014, 11:14:40 PM »

Easy job and belts aren't expensive also a chance to check the tensioner bearing which is often bad but rarely changed however if it seizes.......
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« Reply #2 on: July 23, 2014, 06:34:08 AM »

Personal viewpoint only, but given the low cost of the belts and the relative ease of changing (make sure you are careful on the alignment of all the gears), in your case I would look to change in the next year. If you regularly start the engine and exercise the belt then I would expect that with your mileage it should be good for at least a couple of years more if you wanted. If it is stood for long periods, then I would probably change sooner.

As mentioned if you are unsure of the tensioner bearing, I would take the opportunity to check and replace if in doubt.

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« Reply #3 on: July 23, 2014, 07:02:05 AM »

The deterioration of cambelts is definitely age as well as mileage related, especially if they have picked up any oil contamination from leaks in the engine. As Peter says, long periods of disuse also affect them and encourage splits.
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« Reply #4 on: July 23, 2014, 08:05:58 PM »

Thanks gentlemen. I've had a recce and there is a bit of oil deposit so with some pre-mot work to be done, I'll add it to the list,

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