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Is my 98 ford ecort an interference motor, the timing belt broke .

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Change the timing belt and see what happen, the valves make still be good

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Dealer will tell you in service dep!

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Timeing belt broke have replaced now not fireing


You either have the belt 180 degrees off. So you have to take belt off and turn crank only (slowly) around once to its mark again, but first you need to go to a website that lists motors that are called "interference fit" engines. (Think Gates belt co. has a list) If your motor is an interference fit then when belt broke the motor is trashed. Interference fit means that pistons can hit valves if the belt breaks. That is why they tell you to replace the timing belt before too long. Also if motor is interference fit when you try and turn crank go slow because you may bump into valve.

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Most Ford vehicles from 1985 and up have enough valve clearence so the valves do not get hit when the timing belt snaps. Since I worked for ford for many years I have only seen one with valve damage and the youg man said he was driving his car really hard at high RPM's. I believe you will be okay on your engine as long as when the belt broke the engine was not at high rpm's. If know one has told you those engine recommend a timing belt replacement every 60k. I hpe this helped and I hope this fixes your problem. Good luck, Roger

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Timing belt broke trying to put back in time but no timing mark on right cam, double over head cams.


Before you get to crazy about changing the belt I would call the dealer with your vin# and make sure that the engine is not what they call an INTERFERANCE engine.This means that when the engine is running and the timing belt brakes the motor eats the vavles and it will not run till the motor gets rebuilt.

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The Storm does NOT have an interference engine. If the belt broke, replace it and be on your way.

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According to the Gates site (mfg. of belts and hoses) it is not an interference engine. I would check the compression when I replaced the timing belt as bent valves will show up on this test.

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My timing belt broke and the mechanic i gave it to says its an interferance fit but i keep haveing ppl tell me the 97 3.5l isn't but the 98 and up are so is mine a interference fit or not?


Not that it matters now since it is so late but for other viewers, no, it is NOT an interference engine. The 3.5l built from 1993 - 1997 are non-interference engines. It wasn't until 1998 that the engines could be damaged by a broken timing belt.

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Timing belt broke -2000 ford focus zx3


Hello mawbea: My name is Roger I will answer your question. You did not say which engine is in your car. So if you have a 2.0 SOHC engine. If the belt broke you should be Ok. If you have the 2.0 DOHC engine. The likely hood of bending the valves are just about a guarantee. How ever with any engine using a timing belt it is possible to bend a valve.Should you need more help please just ask.
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Replacing timing belt on a 1999 ford contour 2.0


moz-screenshot-6.jpgCAUTION The 2.0L engine is an interference motor. Extending thereplacement interval could lead to the belt breaking and severe andcostly engine damage. Care must be taken if rotating the crankshaft orcamshafts with the belt off, if resistance is felt, do not force themto turn.

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Timing belt broke while driving


If a valve was up all of the way (during intake or exhaust) it could have come into contact with the piston crown and bent a valve... Hardly a 'blown motor' though...

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