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Timing belt Question

My timing belt failed and I had it replaced. Since then the car is slugish under 2500 rpms - top end no problem. Smog test was perfect. Is it possible the timing belt was installed improperly? If so, can it be fixed?

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Yes this is possible. The timing belt is probably offset causing the motor to loose lowend power. Have the shop that originally replaced the belt check if the timing is correct and if there was any sensors damaged or disconnected.Hopefully this helps

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