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When does the belt and timing belt need changed? How many miles for each?

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On the 1.6L engine:
The timing belt should be replaced at 90,000 miles.
The drive belt should be inspected for wear or cracking every 30,000 miles. However I recommend that the drive belt be visually inspected every time the oil change is performed. It only takes a second to look at it and it keeps you aware of the belts condition on a more regular basis. This is important because there are certain conditions that can accelerate a belt's deterioration.

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