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A hot exhaust system can start a fire if you park over
materials that can burn. Such materials might be
grass or leaves coming into contact with your exhaust
system. Do not park or operate your vehicle in areas
where your exhaust system can contact anything that
In unusual situations involving grossly malfunctioning
engine operation, a scorching odor may suggest severe
and abnormal catalyst overheating. If this occurs, stop
the vehicle, turn off the engine and allow it to cool.
Service, including a tune up to manufacturers specifica-
tions, should be obtained immediately.
To minimize the possibility of catalyst damage:
Do not shut off the engine or interrupt the ignition
when the transaxle is in gear and the vehicle is in
Do not try to start the engine by pushing or towing the
Do not idle the engine with any spark plug wires
disconnected for prolonged period.
ENGINE TIMING BELT
Replace the engine timing belt at the intervals described
in the appropriate maintenance schedule.
CRANKCASE EMISSION CONTROL SYSTEM
Proper operation of this system depends on freedom
from sticking or plugging due to deposits. As vehicle
mileage builds up, the PCV valve and passages may
accumulate deposits. If a valve is not working properly,
replace it with a new valve. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO
CLEAN THE OLD PCV VALVE!
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