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Cambelt snapped and I would like to know what damage could have been done

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  • lenicemoster Jul 31, 2010

    I dont really know it is a 2.6 v6 but on the covers it says v5. What markings can I look for to know and where?



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If the motor is an interference motor the valves could have been bent from contact with the pistons after the timing belt broke. If it's not an interference motor then it will be fine once the belt is replaced. What motor does it have?

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  • Christopher Foulkes Jul 31, 2010

    I looked it up and it looks like there was only one engine available for that year and model, a 2.8L v6. According to it is an interference motor. Unfortunately it will likely cost thousands to repair as the heads will have to be removed and the valves replaced.



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SOURCE: Cam belt Snapped Honda prelude F22b 2.2 si Auto

did you continue to crank it to start ?
did you hear anything other than usual starter noise ?

you may have gotten lucky if no clanking or clicking noise ---don't try to start it again though

and that is timing belt not camshaft

for future knowledge when considering a vehicle for purchase ---ASK or find out if it's what's called an interference motor or the non interference design ---if you snap the belt on an interference design
alot of twin cams are --but I see a trend from automakers to get away from this --which they should
then albeit some or even major damage can occur ---the 91's civics 1,6 Single over head cam is a non interfernce design --now 1989 or 1992 on well that's another matter
I love my wifes 1991 civic dx ---to date only things ever to fail was the distributor and the timing belt and tensioner ---ps --think about replacing the water pump --front crankshaft seal as well while
you are in there replacing the timing belt ---do a coolant leak down test too --= 5 minutes
to check intake gaskets etc and head gasket --opportune time for a replacement
Yoy can buy the entire engine gasket set generally cheaper that a few individual one and keep
the others for future or give them to a new owner Someday --good 1 st cars --they are capable of 250,000 + easy ---key to longevity ---add an oil cooler with cooling fan set at the right temp with
fan --even better if you live in the mtns like I do

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SOURCE: corsa 14 it frose due 2 no antifreeze tried 2

i would say no if it froze then it has poss. cracked the cylinder head and/or block
if the engine locks up then most likely the cylinder has water or ice causing a hydrastatic lock
best advice i can give you is get a used engine
hope this helps

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