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Not fair Bill, his TC runs <img src="http://forums.aaca.org/images/graemlins/wink.gif" alt="" />

Yes it is a belt and 60K is the reccomended interval, but as also mentioned if your car is a low milage 'survivor' it's possible it has the orignal timing belt still on it, mine did when I got it two years ago <img src="http://forums.aaca.org/images/graemlins/blush.gif" alt="" /> I flew to San Francisco bought it and drove it home sight unseen. Next day when I was looking at the car more critically I was shocked to see that virtually no maintanence had ever been done <img src="http://forums.aaca.org/images/graemlins/frown.gif" alt="" /> Heck the yellow paint was even grey because it had NEVER BEEN WASHED! Buffed out nicely though, I think the layers of grime actually served to protect the finish somehow...

If the timing belt breaks, although leaving your stranded will do no damage to the motor as it is a 'break safe' or 'non interference' motor. That said, there was so much carbon built up on my piston crowns that I do belive the valves would have contacted the carbon deposits and that may be a bad thing <img src="http://forums.aaca.org/images/graemlins/crazy.gif" alt="" />

322 I know you are a new owner but we were all there once so don't be shy about asking questions <img src="http://forums.aaca.org/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" /> First thing you should do though is bid on a factory service manual on Ebasy if you don't already have one. There is a 16V suppliment section in there with essential info if you are going to change a timing belt or other semi-routine maintenance. Also feel fre to PM me with any 16V specific questions, i have built a few of these motors now and as youcan see by my list name, I'm quite the fan of them <img src="http://forums.aaca.org/images/graemlins/wink.gif" alt="" />

Alan

Maybe you could give a little history on your car, I don't think I saw it on any other threads here? Color, options, where are you, where did you find it, how much if you don't mind-you know that kind of thing

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