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Timing belt broken

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This engine doesn't use a timnig belt it uses a chain, the valves will not touch the pistons in any event.

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Timing belt broke while driving car what internal damage should i check for before trying to replace belt


I'd recommend doing a web (or dealer) search for your specific engine to see if it's an "interference" engine. An interference engine is one where the intake or exhaust valves could come in contact with the pistons if the timing belt were to break. If your engine is NOT an interference engine, you can start to swap out the timing belt with no worries. If it IS an interference engine, and the timing belt broke while you were driving, there could be a great deal of internal damage. It's hard to estimate what the damage could be... it could range from zero damage (unlikely), to broken valves and pistons. You could do a compression test on each cylinder before replacing the belt.

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We have a 1994 Suzuki Side kick in for work and the timing belt broke on it. We would like to know if the valves bend when this happens.


nearly or perhaps all of the suzuki side kick engines are "Interference Engines" .. that means when the timing belt breaks, if the engine keeps spinning then pistons will collide with some valves that are left open .. that can damage those valves and or pistons .. that usually increases the cost of repairs .. on "clearence" type engines.. when the belt breaks you just coast to a stop with no damage done .. but high performance engines are often "interference" type .. with them its extra important to change the belt on schedule since the potential for expensive damage is great .. ..

Jun 10, 2010 | 1994 Suzuki Sidekick

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while it's possible the gear came off the end of the distributor, the most likely cause of this issue is a broken timing belt, which doesn't always cause engine damage. if you can, unbolt the distributor from the engine and just check to see that the keyway is still attached to it and spins it. if so, take it into the shop because you've got something internal going on, whether it's the timing belt, or a broken camshaft.

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My 97 Nissan Quest runs to around 115000 miles in good shape, should I have to replace timing belt now? If I don't replace it now and if the timing belt is broken, will it damage the engine? Thanks, Frank


You should have the timing belt replaced right away. You're vehicles mileage is right on time for it. Not doing so could cause catastrophic engine failure. Then you're looking at $1000's.

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Timing belt alignment marks to replace broken belt.


broken belts on these engine can cause engine damage...the are 2 belts on the ohc engine,
align the timing mark on the bell housing with the centre of the 3 marks on flywheel ( no numbers etc) the others are ign timing marks..each camshaft sprocket has a mark on it and on the cover above it make sure these align also.

Nov 05, 2009 | Subaru GL Cars & Trucks

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Do I need to replace a timing belt or chaing?


Timing belt maintenance is extremely important! All Neon models utilize an interference-type, non-free-wheeling engine. If the timing belt breaks, the valves in the cylinder head may strike the pistons, causing potentially serious (also time-consuming and expensive) engine damage. The recommended replacement interval for the timing belt is 102,000 miles (163,000km), or sooner.

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Motor locked, will a blown timing belt cause this. No unly noises prior, good coolant and oil. Quit running while getting on the freeway.


Yes. In many cases there is the potential for internal engine parts (cams, valves, pistons, crankshafts...etc.) to hit each other if the relationship between them is out of time. The timing belt is the part that holds them in time, so that they don't hit each other. If it breaks, the parts can move and crash into each other. If the right parts crash, the engine is severely damaged and may lock up.

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No,the 1996 Mazda 626 is not a interfearance engine, meaning that the valves will not hit the pistons if the belt breaks while underway but the engine will not run untill the belt is replaced.

Jul 20, 2009 | 1996 Mazda 626

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Does a broken timing belt permanently damage a Mercury Tracer


depends on the Engine in the car.

1.9L SOHC (SEFI on Valve Cover)engine, no, they are non-interferance engines, put a new timing belt on it and go.

1.8 DOHC engine, yes, it will destroy the valves, head, pistons, and if really bad, the block too. These engines are interferance engines, where the valves just barely miss the piston as it comes up, and when the belt breaks it will hit the valves and destroy the engine.

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Renault clio 1.2 petrol engine


If the timing belt has snapped then you will have caused major internal engine damage. Its not just a case of replacing the belt as its likely the pistons will have made contact with the valves and bent them in the process. You will need a qoute from a garage for the repair and potentially you are looking in excess of £1000. The only alternative to this is to source a suitable engine for exchange from a breakers.

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