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Car overheating I have 1997 J2 Elentra SW- Changed the cambelt,car started overheating. Can't be valve timing, cause if one tooth out the car would not start

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Can be timing im fraid? that or headgasket which is an expensive fix unfortunatley, if at the same time your timing is out by at least one toothe either way it can have this effect on your car but you would prob notice someting in the drive. ie:is it smooth or not?

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Firstly, I suspect your engine may be what is called an Interference Engine - this means if the cambelt breaks, it usually causes internal damage.

If you can you please advise your engine model code, I can confirm if this is the case?

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Do you know if the engine timing is correct? If you get the timing a tooth out you very similar issues, has the cambelt been replaced recently - or is it over due??
Another posibility is the cam chain adjuster. This is oil pressure fed and I think controled by a solnoid, it applies a force between the chain that drives the inlet camshaft from the cambelt driven exhaust camshaft. (Making any sense? Let me know if you want me to simplify) This operating correctly advances and retards the valve timing, when faulty it can make it incorrect. Non start is a fault caused, but more often they become very noisey.
The cam chain adjuster is fed oil when the car is started, you can breifly here it before it has reached operating pressure on normal start up, sounds like a diesel knock for a second, then goes, this is normal. If it continues, its more than likely faulty.
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