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1992 toyota celica 2.2 timing belt broke.i turned the crank 360 degrees after compression stroke.cam gear timing marks are lined up.exhaust cam is getting ready to open ex. valve and rotor is pointing at #1 plug wire.does it sound like i am ready to put on new belt yet?not fully sure but i think so.first toyota owner.desperate.

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Well hold on there cowboy, first consult your service manual if your cars engine is an interference type. it means that if ever your timing belt breaks the valves that were stranded shall be hammered by up moving piston. eventually bending and warping of some of the valves would be a result. sometimes a damaged piston could also happen. timing belt breakage is a very serious matter and should not be taken likely. if you do not have a manual, what i do is removing the whole cyclinder head and inspect it. its better to be sure than sorry. in other cases you could see the warped valves by turning the crankshaft from tdc to 90 deg. and after which try turning the camshaft all the way around and carefully feeling the ease or difficulty in turning it and also the lift and rest of the rocker arms. any deviations you from the standard filler guage clearances would mean a bent or broken valves. hope this helps.

Posted on Apr 14, 2009

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    gavin jones May 31, 2011

    Celicas are a non interference motor

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