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#165 of 174 Re: Timing belt chang intervals. [northerncedar]
Apr 29, 2008 (5:46 pm)
In my opinion, the belt should be replaced at 60 K, at 99K, and every 30 K after 100K. Seems like a big risk to let it run past 30K after the powertrain warranty is up.
I have always changed them every 50K miles in belt-equipped engines...an easy number to remember.
It seems a bit ingenuous to me to claim a 100K mile warranty, although you are required to perform moderate to major engine service work at 60 K miles. And, while it isn't exactly hidden from the buyer, it most certainly isn't stressed as a necessity...Of course, one could claim that all cars need "normal" maintenance (oil & filter, etc.), but I wouldn't think most buyers would think this would be a "normal" maintenance item.
Apr 29, 2008 (8:18 pm)
I think based on the vagueness of how GM customer service deal with their 5yr/100K warranty, I am going to make sure we take our Aveo to a GM service center at all the major maintenance points: 30K, 60K, and 90K. I really don't want them to reject a major claim if you did the maintenance yourself, or if you had Pepboy performing the activity.
I've read where Nissan refused a major engine repair which cost $5000 for damage to a Spyder's engine under warranty for timing belt breakage under 60K miles. The owner had taken it to a Pepboy center for the work, and Nissan said they weren't an authorized dealer. So even if the work is done by a certified mechanic using OEM parts, you can't count on them keeping their warranty if you didn't follow their rules.
#167 of 174 Pretty clear about WHEN, need to know WHERE...
May 01, 2008 (9:36 am)
Any suggestions for a reputable Goodwrench dealer/shop to perform the maintenance on my 2006 Aveo LS hatchback in the Buffalo, NY area?
Thanks a lot.
#168 of 174 Re: Timing belt chang intervals. [northerncedar]
May 02, 2008 (5:42 am)
There is no glitch with the Aveo rubber timing belt that's any different from any other car on the market. Just follow the normal maintenance in the owners manual according to your driving habits. If you are one to drive a car hard than the belt may stretch out faster giving more wear and tear.
The rule of thumb with water pumps is to replace with the timing chain which is done at 100,000 miles because you will have everything apart at that time and it doesn't cost but another $30 for the pump. Now that most/all 4 cylinder cars have rubber belts the changing of the belt is in the 50-60,000 range. Is it necessary to replace the water pump on a four banger at that interval, probably not. I would definately change it at the second timing belt change. If the owners manual says to replace the pump at a specific interval than that is what id do.
The GM 5-year warranty will cover all engine and engine accessory problems for that period including a water pump as long as you follow warranty guidelines and have maintenance done and documented at specific intervals.
#169 of 174 130000 miles
May 05, 2008 (11:35 am)
I have 130,000 miles on my aveo, but yes, the timing belt broke at 60,080 mile and has sounded like a pisssed off weedeater since then.It was covered by the warranty, due to a servie manager that kept going until they agreed. I had to shw that the scheduled maintenances were done. Also, the thermostat housing just broke in half this weekend. Still running though. I will be trading it off as soon as possible.
#170 of 174 Re: 130000 miles [moortin]
May 05, 2008 (1:27 pm)
Thats a fair amount of miles on an Aveo...Were there any other problems/issues that you had with the car?
Boy...80 miles over the recommended change interval...that's what I call close!
#171 of 174 A little clarification on maintneance
May 18, 2008 (11:18 am)
The 30K timing belt inspection is not an "at your cost" issue. If the dealership charges you for that, they are in the wrong. That comes under warranty service. And if the timing belt does indeed need to be changed, all you are required to pay is labor (under 60,000 miles).
With that 30K inspection there is also an "all points" inspection, not much unlike the Certified Used inspection. This is the dealership's last chance to do any repairs covered under the bumper-to-bumper warranty. They also check the safety gear, cooling system, and other things that may lose coverage after 36,000 miles.
This inspection is important. Above just making sure that your timing belt is in okay condition.
Now, that being said. If you have the 30,000 mile check done, and the 60,000 mile replacement, your timing belt is covered to 100,000 miles under the powertrain warranty. This means, if your belt pops at 65,000 miles and totals your engine, GM has to repair or replace said engine at no cost to you under warranty repairs.
If you do not have the belt checked at 30,000, OR do not have it replaced at 60,000, then if it goes at 65,000 miles and destroys your engine, the cost is all on you. The warranty is voided because of improper maintenance.
Be smart, follow the book, and cover your rear.
#172 of 174 Re: Aveo - bad GM warranty?? [northerncedar]
Jun 02, 2008 (5:06 pm)
WOW - it sounds like GM Customer Service has degraded the last time I worked for them in August 2007.
found this on the chevrolet.com site:
Your vehicle concerns are important to us. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or feedback. To better address your comments and concerns, centers are open Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time).
From inside the U.S.:
Another - Call or Mail the Customer Assistance Center
From inside the U.S.:
P.O. Box 33170
Detroit, MI 48232-5170
But if you are truly working with the correct Customer Service, they should be able to give you a SR number - Service Request and should followup with the Dealership Service Manager about your concerns.
Though it is my understanding that all US centers were closed and all calls are being handled in Manila or Argentina.
Jun 08, 2008 (7:22 pm)
I had the same problem, but I'm not sure how I have solved the problem.
#174 of 174 Re: Called GM warranty center [northerncedar]
Jul 16, 2011 (10:24 pm)
GMPP wrote to me that it is required maintenance to REPLACE my timimg belt BEFORE 60,ooo miles or my warranty would be void. At 59k miles I replaced (2) belts on the car, both were in bad shape, failure of the timing belt causes severe engine damage and often results in needing a new engine at your own expense if the 60k mile belt replacement was not done.