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I have a 1996 a4 that has lost compression. The Timing Belt looks to be intact although I have not fully checked it to see if any grooves are worn off. Do you have any suggestions as where or what to look for?

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1996 was the year that audi had mega trouble with cambelt tensioners,the belt and tensioner should be replaced EVERY 60k
to avoid VERY large bills,(the engine WILL seize)if you have lost a tooth off the belt DO NOT DRIVE IT.GET IT FIXED,like, YESTERDAY....

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