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My preowned Maruti Swift VXi: Replaced the timing belt at 73000 km

After the mechanics set the timing, I personally verified just for my satisfaction and asked them to fire it up to hear if there was any change in engine note. To my surprise it sounded much better than before.

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January 2022.

Timing belt replacement:

The Swift had crossed 15 years and I knew the timing belt was not changed in its lifetime so it would be the best time to get the timing belt changed. According to the service manual, timing belt is to be changed at the 1,00,000km milestone but there is no time frame mentioned. Rubber over time breaks-down, cracks and looses its temper.

As a preventive measure, I decided to get the timing belt changed and this would be done at St.Judes Automobile and Engineering Workshop in Udupi. They deal with only Maruti vehicles and the owner was a very humble person. I thought why not get all the belts changed? We are anyways removing the other belts too so might as well get them changed as well.

Parts for the timing belt replacement were bought from Boodmo during the free delivery sale:

  • Part Number- 17521M86540
  • Part Name- BELT WATER PUMP
  • Price- ₹250

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  • Part Number- 12761M70C20
  • Part Name- BELT TIMING (MPFI)
  • Price- ₹765

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  • Part Number- 11396M60B00
  • Part Name- SEAL TIMING COVER OUTSIDE(4VALVE MPFI)
  • Price- ₹13.00

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  • Part Number- 12810M71C22
  • Part Name- TENSIONER ASSY TIMING BELT
  • Price- ₹615

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  • Part Number- 95141M75J00
  • Part Name- V BELT (4PK790)
  • Price- ₹445

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The work was started at 9AM and ended around 12.30PM. The front bumper, right headlight was removed, AC compressor unmounted, right fender lining, right side flank cover and Right engine mounting removed to access the timing belt.

Some photos:

AC belt had become weak and a replacement was due so it was good I chose to change all belts.

Timing cover opened for the first time in ts lifetime.

Timing belt and tensioner removed and area around it cleaned thoroughly.

New belt vs old belt.

New belt vs old belt, notice the cracks on the old belt.

Close up of the cracks.

Replacement of the timing cover rubber seal.

New timing belt and tensioner installed in place.

After the mechanics had set the timing, I personally verified just for my satisfaction and asked them to fire it up to hear if there was any change in engine note. To my surprise it sounded much better than before. Everything was assembled back and the labour cost for the work was a mere ₹1150.

On another note, I was searching for the parcel tray for my Swift and the part is discontinued Luckily, In the workshop I spotted a parcel tray at the corner and the owner was kind enough to plonk it into my car.

Odometer reading at the time of timing belt replacement.

Regards,

Ashton Castelino.

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