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How do I tell if the timing belt is bad. I have the covers off. The crank timing mark is at TDC. the cam marks are also aligned When I first got the covers off the timing belt seemed loose and I could spin one of the tension/idler pulleys. after I turned the engine a couple of times the belt and pulley seemed tight.

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Timing belts are supposed to be replaced in intervals, on this vehicle every 60,000 miles. The timing belt may look good, but they mostly stretch over time. As for the looseness and becoming tight, its because there is different compression tension that pull either way. But to be loose to the point you can spin the tensioner pulley, replace everything (belt, tensioner, idler pulley, water pump)!!

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