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Car stalled at stop and won't start.

1992 Ford Escort LX 1.9L stalled at an exit stop. It was kind of sluggish while trying to drive the interstate hills but not very noticible. Now it won't start. Mechanics said it was the timing belt and may cost up to $1500.00 due to possible damage to the valves. A friend who is a mechanic said that it shouldn't have affected the valves because the Ford engine is made to shut down before it does that kind of damage. Another friend also said that the timing belt should be changed every 40-50 thousand miles.
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If the vehicle did cut of and if the timing belt is broken chances are you have damaged the valves in the head, the 1.9 engines are famous for it, however i would first install the timing bel and a water pump properly and try starting the car if it starts make sure it is running smooth if it runs rough, or if it fails to stop, you definately have bent valves usually all the exhaust valves and if this be the cse the heaad has to be worked on in a machine shop

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