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Old 01-28-15, 02:24 PM   #1
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Default Easy way to check timing belt on a '99?

My '99 LS400 is at 126k. When I bought it the PO told me the guy he bought it from had the t-belt done at an Indy shop, but didn't have a receipt or a sticker. I'd personally like to check and see the condition of the t-belt, but after removing all of the plastic covers, it appears to be a major job just to get the timing covers off. Any tips on how to check it, or is it time to just nut it up and pay $1k to have it re-done?
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Old 01-29-15, 06:12 AM   #2
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First of all, search the topic. Removing the driver side cam cover at the front of the engine only takes a few minutes, and gives you a pretty good view of the belt, but only over a small area. Crank it a few times to see more. If you find any frayed section on the belt, it definitely needs replacing. This is not a foolproof indication, but it's better than just guessing.
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The t-belt may look fine but an aged water pump can seize and shred the t-belt, and on an ucf-20 interferance engine will most likely cause significant damage
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