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Is a vw2ze engine an interference engine it has broken cam belt do they damage internal parts?

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Hi Jenny, IM AL the owner of Big As Auto Repair.

Im sorry Jenny but unfortunately the vw2ze engine is an interference engine and if the timing belt breaks it will damage parts and will be very costly. Again, very sorry.

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If you have not broken a belt or chain and you set the timing marks up properly before removing the belt or chain and do not turn crank or cam/s after the belt/chain is removed there will be no damage done
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First thing you need to tell us is the manufacturer, year, model, and engine size of the vehicle. Many vehicles have interference engines. These engines, if the timing belt breaks, will invariably suffer internal damage to the valves and possibly the pistons. Simply replacing the belt(s) will not fix these engines. And even where there is no damage, such as replacing a worn, but not broken belt, care must be taken when replacing timing belts on interference engines since excessive movement of the camshaft or crankshaft without knowing where it is physically located can cause damage. On an interference engine, once the belt breaks, you are best to remove the head(s), inspect for damage and repair as necessary. Then, prior to re-installation of the heads, position the crankshaft and camshafts properly and secure them in place when installing the head(s). Then install the belt. If the vehicle does NOT have an interference engine, then you have a much easier go of things as there is no chance of internal damage due to the belt breakage. We simply need the vehicle info to inform you on how to find the marks and set the alignment.

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