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A question of timing

Asked by Kevin Cronin

I HAVE just bought a 1990 Toyota Corolla CS 1.6-litre auto AE92 series for my daughter. We believe it has a genuine 112,000km on the odometer. I was happy to buy it for a little more than average since it seemed to be in very good condition after some repairs had been carried out, but I was wondering if the timing belt should be changed. Is it a free-spinning motor? Will there be big problems if it breaks or will it just stop. If it stops, can it be towed to a repairer without any drama?

Answered by CarsGuide

4 Dec 2009 Graham Smith

OUR advice from Toyota is that the engine is a free-spinning design. If the belt breaks it will stall and there won't be any internal damage caused.

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