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Re: Timing Belt Status Peep Hole

In message <19990105033638.6918.qmail@www0r.netaddress.usa.net> Christopher Gharibo writes:

> I have a '91 Audi Coupe Quattro.  Original timing belt at 51,000 miles.
> I would like to check the status of the timing belt as minimally invasively as
> possible.
> Please advise on how I can do this sufficiently while turning as few bolts as
> possible.

You can't.  The smallest radius the belt goes around is the idler
pulley, and that's where cracking shows first - on the _inside_ of
the belt.  By the time you're that far in, you might as well change it.

A 51,000-mile belt is borderline at seven years.

 Phil Payne
 Phone: 0385 302803   Fax: 01536 723021
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