Wondering when I should change the timing belt.

Tiny
JGALST
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  • 2003 VOLKSWAGEN PASSAT
  • 85,000 MILES
I only put 4,000 to 5,000 miles a year on the car. The manual says 105,000 miles, but I'm wondering whether I should do earlier given the age of the car
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Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012 AT 1:00 AM

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Tiny
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Heres what I say unless the belt is dry rotting meaning cracking from time and being out in the elements then I would wait till the 105,000 miles.
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Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012 AT 1:02 AM
Tiny
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The longer the vehicle sits, the longer the timing belt is exposed to the elements. The more moisture builds up and ruins the belt. My recommendation as a certified VW technician. Replace the belt before it snaps and you need an engine. Which I have seen several times.
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Saturday, January 21st, 2012 AT 11:33 PM

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