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Timing belt broke at hiway speed Is the motor shot ? 1998 Ford Escort

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Truefully hard to say without putting another belt on and seeing if bent a valve or not, have seen people get lucky

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Maybe not. Not all engine have an interference problem. Many wil be fine after the belt is replaced and the valve train is retimed. Was there a lot of noise? If the engine just stopped without much fanfare you are Ok. Check with your mechanic or dealer to be specific.

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You can go to a shop that do this kind of work and find out.
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