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Is the Saturn 2000,LW2 3.0 v6 a free running motor, meaning if the timing belt breaks will the motor be OK. Tom

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According to my research it is an interference engine. Meaning if your timing belt broke, you could have damage to the valves and pistions.

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scroll down and look for the interference check.

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Hi there.What he is probably meaning is you have an interference motor to which means if the belt breaks it will bend the valves or if changing it and not getting timed right will also bend the valves. So if your doing it your self use extreme caution and make sure befor removal of the belt that the timing marks are aligned and the gears do not move until the belt is back on.Rotate motor over slow by hand with belt exposed 2 full revolutions to see if your timing marks a in fact dead on.. The mileage on the truck are close to time to replace.You dont want that thing breaking the belt while its running.You know the facts now.I hoped this helpes you and have a great day...

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