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Timing belt broke

The timing belt broke on a 1989 Honda Accord. Can the engine be fixed, or does it have to be replaced? It broke while running.

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I've heard that honda engines are made so that if your timing belt does brake theres enough room for them not to hit the valve cover, but hey i could be wrong only way to find out is to take off the valve cover and inspect

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Hi from uk best advice at this time is phone honda dealer workshop mechanic and ask if your engine will suffer valve damage if belt fails? as some engines do not have the pistons come in contact with valves then if yesthey do? you will have to remove cyl/head and investigate damage? if u r lucky? you may have only bent 3 or 4 valves andengine can be repaired with head o/haul valves etc new belt kit ? but if valves break then engine is better being replaced especially if high milage ? so bottom line is investigate on info given from mech ? then if worst scenario is result ? price up re con engine? with warranty? or warranted 2nd hand low milage one from breakers? they are out there ! and if you need car asap ? this option will provide a quick turnround /less time and cheaper than repairing whatever damage you discover ? hope this helps and inspires what ever route you decide on but as mentioned depends on milageof your dead engine and budget ? wish you best of luck !

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