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Re: timing belt broke
Yes it is almost impossible not to bend the valves when the timing belt breaks while going down the road. Also there could have punctured the pistons or scared them too. Being its a 4 cyl then everything is aluminum and there is damage almost guarented.
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If you can't remove a dust cover to view the Timing Belt you can remove the valve cover and watch the valves while your cranking. If the lifters and valves aren't functioning then the Timing belt is broken. If they do work your problem is elsewhere.
your mechanics advice is dead on, sounds like a very solid tech. as i do not know the condition of the rest of your vehicle, i would consult with the same mechanic that gave you this advice and see what he thinks. if the rest of the car is in good shape, i may be a worthwhile repair. if its rusted underneath, close to needing brakes, etc etc you may spend this money then 6 months down the road have to spend another 1000 in maintenance. this is what needs to be considered. good luck!
You need to pull the codes to see what the codes are,it will narrow the problem down,it can be a bad throttle position sensor,or a mass air flow sensor,or the timing belt could have jumped a notch,and if the timing belt breaks,it will bend engine valves and cost a lot of money,so have it checked.
Although a KIA manual will state that this is an interference engine, it is not. I know because I have replaced a shredded timing belt on my used 2000 Sportage to take it home and it ran great. Just recently, the timing idler pulley bolt broke while I was driving causing the belt to come off. I replaced the tensioner pulley and drilled out and re-tapped the idler bolt hole and installed the new idler and the belt (it was only 2 months old at the time) and it runs great again. THESE ARE NOT INTERFERENCE ENGINES!!!! you don't have to tear down the top end of the engine to inspect for any damage and it is very simple to install a timing belt on this motor as long as it is done properly.
Hello mrhbollinger: My name is Roger and I will help you. You did not say Exactly what happened. If you were driving down the road and the engine died? Or if you pulled up to a stop and the engine died? I would check a few things first. Does the engine have over 60,000 to100,000 miles on it? If so I would look at the timing belt as a problem. Check the compression Compression should be around 160 psi. Any thing less then a 100 psi. the cylinder will not fire. Also keep in mind that this engine is a interference engine. This means should the timing belt break. The engine will suffer severe internal engine damage. By that I mean any valve that was open when timing belt broke will be damaged. Piston damage will also accrue. If the timing belt is not th problem I would look at the fuel system you should have 43 psi at the test port.I would also test for spark at the spark plug wires. If you have none and you check spark first. Check compression to make sure the timing belt is not the problem. If you remove the oil cap and can see the the camshaft. Have some one crank the engine over. If the valves do not move the timing belt is the problem. Should you need further help please just ask Thank You for using Fix Ya. Roger
warpped brakes can be a problem and can be solved. usually if they warp it is because the tires are out of balance or alignment. also when you go to change the brakes have your rotors checked to make sure those are not warped as well. if they are that will also cause the brakes to wear fast and also warp do to the friction. i would check the rotors to be safe. fiction causes heat to the brakes. and there for the brakes warp.