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What damage will be done if this car's timing belt breaks? THE CAR HAS 121,000 miles on the 1.5 liter engine.

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Nothing much but the belt. Upon changing it do the water pump as well for they both last about the same amount of miles on average

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  • John Salinovich Mar 15, 2014

    It really depends on the engine. Some engines are interference engines. Which means that if the timing belt breaks it could, or probably will bend some valves. Be sure of what you have, do not guess. It is not worth it!



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