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01 civic timeing belt went, are the valves ok?

01 civic 1.7. son drove the car till the timeing belt went. @Question, are the valves an interference fit? Should I change the water pump?

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  • mphofmn Feb 03, 2009

    Thanks, yes, on the highway speed, he down shifted to pass......

    water pump, teisior,head bolts,gaskets,pistons, rods, brgs, valves as needed? Hopefully not the head. miss anything?

    These were needed on early escort's

    Old ford mechanic here!

  • mphofmn Feb 03, 2009

    Don't know how I ended up under 96 taurus section?

    No wrist-pins? Well, pull the head and see. lots of miles on it. Thanks a lot!!!

    96 taurus racks sucked if I remember right, evap cores...hahahaha

    Thanks

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Yes it is and yes you should. Was the car driving at highway speed or at idle when the belt broke?

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It is an interference engine and I always change the water pump when I replace timing belts because it's cheap insurance and you don't want to go there again if it goes out in a couple of months after you replace the timing belt.

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    Lee Quiroz Feb 03, 2009

    I'm an old school Ford guy myself. I had an Accord which the customer did the very same thing, timing belt broke while passing someone. All I had to replace was a few bent valves. I replaced the tensioner, timing belt, and sent the cylinder head to the machine shop to have it pressure tested and surfaced, and naturally a head set and bolts.You could see where the valves hit the pistons but no damage to the bottom end happened.

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