If the timing belt has been replaced there is usually a sticker placed on the top of the timing cover with the date and the milage that it was changed at.
(although this is not always the case.)
It is possible to see the timing belt by removing the upper timing belt cover, but even to the professional
it is difficult to determine it's age by looking at it.
(unless it is really bad)
It takes approx. 3 hrs labor plus the cost of the belt approx. $50.00 a small price to pay compared to what it could cost to repair your engine if the belt breaks. (Bent valves, broken pistons, etc.)
If your not sure, change it, you'll be glad you did.
P.S. They will likely recommend that you change your waterpump and camshaft seals at the same time.
(both good ideas)
Hope this helps!
Tuesday, December 25th, 2007 AT 11:06 AM