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Timing belt If my timing belt breaks will it bend my valves on 1988 Honda civic?

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  • ginaamanonce Mar 21, 2009

    timing belt broke got part, need advise to change it. Need specs & diagram on how to change it.. Thank you!

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A friend who just sold me a 88 honda civic 1.5ltr. and has rebuilt and upgraded the engine said that the valves wont hit the pistons due to them not being long enough. even if you go 180 out.

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More than likely  especially if your at highway speeds   

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