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Kia sephia, 1.8l 16v dohc, interference engine or not? Cant seem to get a definite answer. 50/50 yes/no

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  • Frederick Smith May 30, 2013

    DougBender5 you are wrong!!! The 1.8 liter spectra engine "IS NOT" interference. I stripped the timing belt on mine and while repairing did this experiment. Put pistons 1 & 4 at TDC. Turned both cams several times and repeated this with 2 & 3 at TDC. I put a new belt on and the engine runs fine. On the information I recieved from a local Kia dealer the 1.8 engine "IS NOT INTERFERENCE" but the 2.0 liter is an interference.

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Yes its an interference engine i know for sure. side note most if not all dohc engines are interference.

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I have replaced two broken belts on mine with no issues.

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