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We changed the timing belt on our car due to it's breaking ... a 2004 Kia Rio. The settings are correct but it still doesn't start. Could it be the head? Where, near Fort Smith ARK, can one be bought that doesn't cost an arm and a leg?

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  • Ben Dover May 11, 2010

    why do you think its the head...i would make sure what the problem is before i would waste time and money guessing



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Hello bkglenn: My name is Roger and I will help you. This engine is listed as a interference motor. What this means is if the belt breaks and the engine is turned over you WILL BEND THE VALVES. This is very expensive to repair. The last one we took apart all valves were bent. If you do a compression test you will more then likely find zero compression. This will answer a lot of questions for you. Should you need further help please just ask. Please rate the answer you received as this is how we con tell you received the correct answer to your question. Thank You for using Fix Ya. Roger

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