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Is my engine an interference motor?

My cam belt snapped i was wondering if my motor is an interference motor or not

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SOURCE: timing belt snapped

I believe this is a non-interference engine, which means that the valves will not touch the piston if your belt snaps and that means you just have to replace the timing belt to get your car up and running. You should do a quick google search with the year of your celica, engine model and the terms "interference engine" to verify, or just ask your local mechanic.

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SOURCE: My 1998 toyota canry timing belt broke. Is this an

no you most likely bent valves on inlet side, pull the head and check for any other damage it all really depends on the rpm when the belt broke. ( rate me thanks )

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I assume it's your timing belt, not a chain, which rarely, if ever snap. Depending on the make of the car and the engine you may, or may not, have serious engine damage.. DO NOT ATTEMPT to start the car, have it towed to your shop of choice. If there is no engine damage a timing belt replacement generally will run you 2 or 3 hundred bucks...if you did serious engine damage you may have to decide if the car if worth the money to have it repaired. What you need to know is whether your car has an "interference" or "non-interference" type engine.. In an interference type engine if the timing belt breaks the valves will "interfere" with the pistons as they travel up if the timing belt breaks, which results in generally catastrophic engine failure.. non-interference engines generally suffer little or no engine damage with a broken timing belt.. I broke a timing belt on my 1990 Toyota Supra going 70mph, but it was a non-interference engine and after having the belt replaced it was fine.. here is a good list someone put together on what type of engine is in your car.. you should find the engine type either marked on the engine or on a label under the hood, or the owners manual.. good luck.

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