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Old 06-18-2014, 07:27 PM   #27
Zefy
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Member#: 105104
Join Date: Jan 2006
Chapter/Region: VIC
Location: Coquitlam, BC, Canada
Vehicle:
1979 BRAT / 01 RSTI
99 2.5TS (DEAD)

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are you sure you know what you're inspecting? The timing belt is under the black covers on your engine and not visible without removing them. Sounds more like you're talking about the accessory belts...

A timing belt does not have any tell tail signs of wear to really check. Unless it is cracked or damaged it is very difficult to tell the difference between a belt with 100k km's on it vs a belt with 200k km's on it.

It wouldn't "get loose". It would snap and destroy the heads. If the tensioner broke, it would once again cause the belt to slip (and most likely snap) and cause the belt to break. This actually sounds kind of plausible with the info you've given.

Pull the timing belt covers off and have a look. If it's broken it will be very obvious. If it is, prepare to unload your savings repairing all the damage.

If it isn't broken, replace the belt and tensioners anyway. If you don't have a reliable record of it ever being done (not previous owners word) then you're playing roulette with your motor. Pistons crash into valves and all goes to hell...
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