Timing Belt Replacement Intervals and Interference Designation.
1970-1997 Domestic & Imported Cars.

The charts below list the manufacturers' recommended intervals  for timing belt replacement on domestic and imported cars and light trucks. These charts are for the purpose of routine maintenance. Please refer to  the proper manual or manufacturer for changes or updates affecting individual models.

Timing belt-equipped car engines can be classified as either free-running or interference, depending on what occurs if piston/valve synchronization is lost due to a failed timing belt. An interference engine usually sustains damage if synchronization is lost. This could result in very expensive engine repairs.

Note: Interference fit engines are denoted with an asterisk (*).
Please choose a manufacturer from the list below.
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ACURA
ALFA ROMEO
AMERICAN MOTORS
AUDI
BMW
CHRYSLER CORP.
DAEWOO
DAIHATSU
FIAT
FORD MOTOR CO.
GENERAL MOTORS CORP.
GEO
HONDA
HYUNDAI
INFINITI
ISUZU
JEEP
KIA
LANCIA
LEXUS
MAZDA
MITSUBISHI
NISSAN
PEUGEOT
PORSCHE
RENAULT
SAAB
STERLING
SUBARU
SUZUKI
TOYOTA
VOLKSWAGEN
VOLVO
YUGO
 
Manufacturers' Recommended
Replacement Intervals
1.6L*
1.7L*, 2.5L V6*
90,000 Mi. or 72 Mo.
2.2L*
105,000 Mi. or 84 Mo.
1.8L*, 2.5L 5-Cyl.*, 3.2L* (Legend & 3.2TL)
2.7L*
90,000 Mi.
3.OL*, 3.5L*
3.2L (SLX)
60,000 Mi.
Manufacturers' Recommended
Replacement Intervals
3.OL
50,000 Mi.
Manufacturers' Recommended
Replacement Intervals
2.OL
Manufacturers' Recommended
Replacement Intervals
Gasoline Engine
Diesel Engine*
Manufacturers' Recommended
Replacement Intervals
2.5L*, 2.7L*
60,000 Mi.(4)
Manufacturers' Recommended
Replacement Intervals
1.4L*, 1.6L SOHC* & DOHC*
60,000 Mi.
1.5L*, 1.8L, 3.OL SOHC & DOHC*
1.7L
2.OL SOHC & 2.OL DOHC*, 2.4L SOHC
2.2L SOHC & DOHC*, 2.5L 4-Cyl
90,000 Mi.
2.3L Diesel*
50,000 Mi.
2.4L DOHC*
2.5 L V6
3.5L
105,000 Mi.
Manufacturers' Recommended
Replacement Intervals
1.6L, 2.OL
Manufacturers' Recommended
Replacement Intervals
1.OL*
1.3L*
60,000 Mi.
Manufacturers' Recommended
Replacement Intervals
1.3L* (Air Pump & Camshaft)
36,000 Mi. (10)
1.5L*, 2.OL*
30,000 Mi. (10)
1.6L*
25,000 Mi.or 24 Mo. (10)
1.8L* (1974-77)
25,000 Mi.or 24 Mo. (10)
1.8L* (1978)
25,000 Mi. (10)
Manufacturers' Recommended
Replacement Intervals
1.3L, 1.6L SOHC (Ford)*, 1.6L SOHC (Mazda) & 1.6L DOHC, 1.8L
60,000 Mi.
1.9L, 2.OL DOHC Gasoline (except Probe)
2.OL SOHC Gasoline (except 1997 Escort/Tracer)
100,000 Mi.
2.OL SOHC Gasoline (1997 Escort/Tracer)
2.OL DOHC Gasoline* (Probe), 2.2L*, 2.5L V6
60,000 Mi.
2.OL Diesel*, 2.3L Diesel* (Camshaft & Balance Shaft Belts)
2.3L SOHC Gasoline
3.OL & 3.2L SHO
100,000 Mi.
Manufacturers' Recommended
Replacement Intervals
1.OL, 1.4L, 1.6L, 1.8L Gasoline & Diesel*, 2.OL, 2.3L, 3.OL*
1.5L*, 2.2L Diesel*, 3.4L*
60,000 Mi.
Manufacturers' Recommended
Replacement Intervals
1.OL, 1.6L SOHC (Tracker)
1.3L
100,000 Mi.
1.5L*
60,000 Mi.
1.6L DOHC* (Storm)
1.6L SOHC & DOHC (Prizm)*, 1.8L DOHC*, 1993 & Prior
60,000 Mi.
1.6L SOHC & DOHC (Prizm), 1.8L DOHC (Prizm & Storm*), 1994 & Later
Manufacturers' Recommended
Replacement Intervals
1.2L*, 1.3L*, 1.8L*
1.5L*, 1.6L*, 2.OL SOHC- & DOHC*
2.1 L*, 2.3 L*
90,000 Mi. or 72 Mo.
2.2L SOHC* & DOHC*, 2.7L*
2.6L*, 3.2L
60,000 Mi.
Manufacturers' Recommended
Replacement Intervals
1.5L*, 1.6L*, 1.8L*, 2.OL*, 2.4L*, 3.OL (1995 & Prior)
60,000 Mi.
1.5L*, 1.6L*, 1.8L*, 2.OL*, 2.4L*, 3.OL (1996 & Later)
Manufacturers' Recommended
Replacement Intervals
3.OL* (1993 & Prior)
60,000 Mi.
3.OL* (1994 & Later)
105,000 Mi.
3.3 L*
105,000 Mi.
Manufacturers' Recommended
Replacement Intervals
1.5L*, 1.6L SOHC, 1.6L DOHC*, 1.8L DOHC Gasoline*
60,000 Mi.
1.8L Diesel*, 2.OL*, 2.2L Diesel*, 2.3L*, 2.6L*, 3.2L
60,000 Mi.
Manufacturers' Recommended
Replacement Intervals
2.OL
Manufacturers' Recommended
Replacement Intervals
1.6L DOHC*, 1.8L DOHC*, 2.OL DOHC*
1.6L SOHC, 2.OL SOHC
Manufacturers' Recommended
Replacement Intervals
1.8L*
25,000 Mi.
Manufacturers' Recommended
Replacement Intervals
2.5L
60,000 Mi.
3.OL 1-6, 3.OL V6, 4.OL
Manufacturers' Recommended
Replacement Intervals
1.6L SOHC & DOHC, 1.8L SOHC & DOHC 4-Cyl
60,000 Mi.
1.8L V6
105,000 Mi.
2.OL SOHC & DOHC*, 2.2L*
60,000 Mi.
2.OL Diesel* (Camshaft & Injection Pump)
100,000 Mi.
2.3L (B2300)
2.3L V6, 2.5L, 3.OL SOHC* & DOHC*
60,000 Mi.
Manufacturers' Recommended
Replacement Intervals
1.5L*, 1.6L SOHC* & DOHC*, 1.8L, 2.OL SOHC & DOHC*, 2.4L SOHC
2.3L Diesel*, 2.4L DOHC*, 3.OL SOHC & 3.OL DOHC*, 3.5L*
Manufacturers' Recommended
Replacement Intervals
1.5L*
1.6L SOHC*, 1.7L Diesel*, 2.OL*, 3.OL SOHC*
1.6L DOHC*, 1.8L DOHC*
60,000 Mi.
3.OL DOHC*
3.3L*
105,000 Mi.
Manufacturers' Recommended
Replacement Intervals
1.9L, 2.2L*
Manufacturers' Recommended
Replacement Intervals
2.OL*, 2.5L*, 2.7L*, 3.OL*
4.5L*, 4.7L*, 5.OL*, 5.4L*
Manufacturers' Recommended
Replacement Intervals
1.7L*, 2.2L
Manufacturers' Recommended
Replacement Intervals
2.5L* & 3.OL*
Manufacturers' Recommended
Replacement Intervals
2.5 L* & 2.7L*
Manufacturers' Recommended
Replacement Intervals
1.2L, 2.2L, 2.7L, 3.3L, 1.8L (Impreza)
60,000 Mi.
1.8L (except Impreza)
52,000 Mi.
Manufacturers' Recommended
Replacement Intervals
1.3L SOHC & DOHC*, 1.6L (8-Valve), 1.6L (16-Valve)*
Manufacturers' Recommended
Replacement Intervals
1.5L*, 1.6L SOHC, 1.6L DOHC*, 1.8L Gasoline
1.8L Diesel*, 2.2L Diesel*, 2.5L, 2.8L
60,000 Mi.
2.OL, 2.2L Gasoline, 3.OL 1-6, 3.OL V6
2.4L Diesel*
100,000 Mi.
3.4L
Manufacturers' Recommended
Replacement Intervals
Gasoline Engine
Diesel Engine*
Manufacturers' Recommended
Replacement Intervals
2.1 L*, 2.3L (B23)*, 2.3L 4-Cyl.* (B230, B23OF & B23OFT)
2.3L 4-Cyl. (B234)*
50,000 Mi.
2.3L 5-Cyl.*, 2.4L 5-Cyl. Gasoline*, 2.9L
70,000 Mi.
2.4L Diesel*
75,000 Mi.
Manufacturers' Recommended
Replacement Intervals
1.1 L* & 1.3L*
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FOOTNOTES:
1. Manufacturer does not recommend a specific maintenance interval.

2. On 1996 & prior models, 90,000 miles or 72 months; on 1997 models, under normal conditions, 105,000 miles or 84 months (60,000 miles if vehicle is operated at ambient temperatures under -20'F or above 11O'F).

3. Under normal conditions, 105,000 miles or 84 months (60,000  miles if vehicle is operated at ambient temperatures under -20'F or above 11O'F).

4. Whenever the tensioner roller has been released, regardless of belt age or condition. After replacement, a label indicating the mileage & date that service has been performed should be affixed to the cylinder head cover.

5. On 1994 & prior models, 60,000 miles; on 1995-97 California models, 60,000 miles is recommended but not required; on all 1995-97 models, at 100,000 miles (if not previously replaced).

6. 1994 & prior models, intervals of 60,000 miles; on 1995- 97 Breeze, Cirrus, Stratus & Sebring Convertible models, 105,000-mile intervals is recommended but not required. On Avenger & Sebring (except convertible), Summit Wagon  Talon California models, 60,000-mile intervals is recommended but not required. On all 1995- 97 Avenger, Sebring (except convertible), Summit Wagon & Talon models, at 100,000 miles (if not previously replaced).

7. On California models, 60,000-mile intervals is recommended but not required; on all models, replace at 100,000 miles (if not previously replaced).

8. On Breeze, Cirrus, Stratus & Sebring Convertible models, 105,000-mile intervals is recommend- ed but not required; on Avenger & Sebring California models (except convertible), 60,000- mile intervals is recommended but not required; on Avenger & Sebring models (except convertible), at 100,000-miles (if not previously replaced).

9. 60,000-mile intervals if vehicle operates under extensive idling, low-speed driving for long distances, on dusty, muddy or rough roads.

10. Timing belt must be replaced any time tension is relieved.

11. On 1996 & prior models, inspect & adjust belt at 30,000 and 60,000 miles; replace timing belt at 60,000 miles. On 1996 & later models, inspect & adjust belt at 30,000- and 60,000-mile intervals; replace timing belt at 100,000 miles.

12. On 1989 & prior models, manufacturer does not recommend a specific interval; on 1990-96 models, 90,000-mile intervals or 72 months; on 1997 models, under normal conditions, at intervals of 105,000 miles or 84 months (60,000-mile intervals if operated at ambient temperatures under -20'F or above 11O'F).

13. On non-California models, 60,000-mile intervals; on California models, inspect at 60,000-mile intervals and replace at 90,000-mile intervals.

14. On 1985 & prior models, manufacturer does not recommend a specific interval; on 1986-93 models, 60,000-mile intervals; on 1994-97 & later models, 105,000-mile intervals.

15. On early 1993 & prior models, 60,000-mile intervals; on late 1993 & later models less turbo, 105,000-mile intervals; on late 1993 & later models with turbo, 60,000-mile intervals.

16. Under normal operation, 45,000-mile intervals; check tension at 2000 miles, then every 15,000 miles.

17. Under normal operation, 60,000-mile intervals; check tension at 2000 miles, then every 15,000 miles.

18. On 1994 & prior models, manufacturer does not recommend a specific interval; on 1995-97 California models, 60,000-mile intervals is recommended but not required; on all 1995-97 models, at 100,000 miles (if not previously replaced).

19. On 1985 & prior models, 40,000-mile intervals; 1986-94 & later models, 50,000-mile intervals; 1995 & later models, 100,000-mile intervals.

20. Inspect every 15,000 miles.

21. On 1993 & prior models, replace at 60,000-mile intervals; on 1994 & later models, manufacturer does not recommend a specific maintenance interval. 

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