Cambelt (timing belt) age?

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  1. hymerhobo

    hymerhobo Read Only Funster

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    OK - I know the subject of this post implies that I'm asking about the minimum time interval between belt changes, but in fact I'm not. I'm interested if that recommended interval (the figure varies, but 5 years seems to be a commonly quoted one) takes shelf life into account. In other words, does a cambelt only start to deteriorate when in the high-stress environment of a working engine? Could you (theoretically) fit a belt that has been in storage for (let's say) 5 years without it going PING after a mile? The reason I ask is that I've come across some old stock.

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    False economy anyway considering the price of a new belt against the price of a new engine.
     

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