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Timing belt slipped 2005 Kia Optima

Timing belt had missing teeth and slipped. We pulled the head and there seem to be a couple of fresh strike marks but the valves look fine. What are the chances of just replacing the belt, putting it all back together (with fresh gaskets) and having a running car?

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    janacornelis Jan 20, 2013

    We have already pulled the head off the car. The camshaft turns, the valves work and appear to be moving straight and sealing. There's no excessive binding in turning the camshafts for both inlet and exhaust. Two of the pistons have questionable markings on them but the valves have no evidence of striking. Still ok to replace belt/gaskets and hope the car runs ok? We are doing repairs ourselves with limited money to spend.



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I would change the belt and do a compression check before starting the engine. That will show any distorted valves.

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