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Wont Start I own a 98 Plymouth Neon, I was driving along at 120 and boom the car shuts off. I am getting the codes 12,25,54. I looked the codes up and found a mechanic that took at a look at it for free. He didnt remove the timing belt cover, just stuck his finger inside and told me to try and start it. DIDNT START, Than he said when the timing belts goes, the valves drop and the piston crushes them. Is this true? He told me I need a new engine, is there any other way I can fix the problem myself? Ive never fixed a car in my life and Im afraid to get taken for my money, What should I do?

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Yes unfortunately when the timing belt goes on your make and model car the valves will contact the pistons however there is likely only damage to your valves and not the pistons....so you will want the mechanic to preform a compression test to confirm valve damage and then go from there if there is no compression, the valves are damaged and the head will need to be rebuilt or replaced (when the head is off you can determine if there is piston damage) in your case with an 11 year old car you may want to put a used head on it to save money. the timing belt needs to be replaced every 105,000miles or 48 months whichever comes first (info received from Haynes repair manual #30034 for 1995-1999 dodge and plymouth neon)
hope this helps........thanks for choosing FIX YA!

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