Question about 1999 Ford Escort
Do the valves get bent bent when belt breaks??
The ZX2 Zetec is a non-interference engine. This means the valves are not capable of touching the pistons at any time. If your belt breaks, there will not be any valve damage. There are reliefs cut into the top of the pistons that allow clearance for the valves if the belt breaks. Most engines are interference and will cause several hundred or even thousands of dollars of damage when a timing belt breaks. Most shop manuals list the ZX2 as interference but it is not. Many people seek out this how-to because a mechanic has informed them that they have valve damage and quoted a repair price over $1000.
Posted on Apr 03, 2009
Yes this is possible, it is an interference engine, but there is a chance that it didn't (bang a valve), i've seen this have a good ending many times. so if you are replacing the belt your self go ahead and do it ,...you might have one of the lucky cars and it will run great.
Posted on Oct 07, 2008
The zx2 is an interference free engine and this means that there will not be any damage done if the timing belt breaks.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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