2004 Chevy Impala Timing Belt Replacement

Tiny
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  • 2004 CHEVROLET IMPALA
  • 6 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 90,600 MILES
I'm the original owner of this vehicle and have carefully maintained it since new. With a little more than 90,000 mostly freeway mileage on it, I'd like to know the recommended mileage for replacement of the timing belt.
Thanks for your help.
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Tuesday, January 6th, 2009 AT 11:28 AM

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Tiny
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This vehicle does not have a timing belt, it has a timing chain. The timing chain should last the life of the vehicle, just keep the oil changed and you should have no problems.
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Tuesday, January 6th, 2009 AT 12:02 PM
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JOHNTM
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  • 2004 CHEVROLET IMPALA
  • 6 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 161,000 MILES
At 161,000 miles, I have had absolutely no mechanical problems with my V6 Supercharged 2004 Impala SS (knock on wood). I am wondering if I should replace the timing belt as a precaution. If so, can I find instructions on-line as to how to do it? I am a competent weekend mechanic. On pre-emission vehicles.
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Tuesday, July 9th, 2019 AT 5:14 PM (Merged)
Tiny
JDUBUYA
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Yes, at 161,000 you should def chAnge your timing belt. You can go onto autozone. Com and look up your vehicle and there you will find step by step instructions and diagrams. I wont lie to you though, changing the timing belt is very tricky and time consuming
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Tuesday, July 9th, 2019 AT 5:14 PM (Merged)
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JERRWDY
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I believe it has a timing chain
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Tuesday, July 9th, 2019 AT 5:14 PM (Merged)
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JERRWDY
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Last I heard the 6 has a timing chain
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Tuesday, July 9th, 2019 AT 5:14 PM (Merged)
Tiny
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It does
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Tuesday, July 9th, 2019 AT 5:14 PM (Merged)
Tiny
JOHNTM
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Thanks for the info folks.

My experience with timing chains is that over time, they stretch and alter the timing/performance of the engine.

Since it is a chain and not a belt, do you still think it needs to be changed now or possible to wait until a change in performance is noticed?
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Tuesday, July 9th, 2019 AT 5:14 PM (Merged)
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JERRWDY
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If your engine is running fine, I would do nothing. A timing chain normally will not break, it will loosen some but if performance is ok, leave it alone
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Tuesday, July 9th, 2019 AT 5:15 PM (Merged)

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