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If the timing belt goes out in this vehicle what are the chances that it will run again without having to replace the entire motor????

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Sometimes you will get lucky and the valves and pistons didn't collide if you shut the engine as soon as the belt broke.

Posted on Aug 30, 2010

  • Robert Marchetti Nov 06, 2011

    I have lost 2 timing belts on my 96 and neither time did the piston and valve make contact the manual states that the 3.5 is a interupter motor but this may not be the case check compression before major repairs to valve train



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