What's the truth?! (Timing belt service)

Discussion in 'Middle East' started by tesoro, May 27, 2009.

  1. tesoro

    tesoro Rookie

    May 27, 2009
    Dubai, UAE
    Can anyone tell me when is a suggested time to perform a timing belt service? I've had various info on this matter. I own a F355 Spider 1996 and currently selling it in Dubai and would like to service it prior to sale. Please advise if you know! :)
  2. arezzo

    arezzo Formula Junior

    Jul 29, 2003
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    If you have your owners manual it should state there when the belts need to be changed, if I remember correctly its 30,000km or 3 years whichever comes first. The belt is a rubber part which especially in GCC heat dries out and breaks, especially knowing how crappy Ferrari OEM parts are anyway.

  3. mseals

    mseals Global Moderator
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    Mike Seals
  4. Bradley

    Bradley F1 Rookie

    Nov 23, 2006
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    There are as many opinions on when you "really" need to change the timing belts as there are people on F-Chat. :)

    Short answer: Change the belts before you sell the car. It is worth it.
  5. AceMaster

    AceMaster Three Time F1 World Champ

    Feb 6, 2009
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    Good way to describe it. There are varying opinions, but Ferrari recommends every 3 years or 30,000km, whichever comes first (typically the 3 years comes first in most cases). I've heard of guys waiting 4 and 5 years.

    Your engine, your problem; if a tensioner seizes and causes the belt to snap and therefore blowing the motor.

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