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I've had the water pump sieze on my 98 2 litre toyota rav 4sport and it's stripped the teeth on the belt , will it have damaged the valves as this stopped the cam shaft of couse, in other words is this what they call a safe engine?

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    Thank you very much for your comments, it has been most helpful because if I had to put a new engine in it would have been the scrap heap!!!

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Good news. Your 1998 Toyota Rav4 with the 2.0 L engine is NOT and interference engine. No damage should have been done when the pump seized. Replace the water pump, replace the cam belt, flush the cooling system, replace the thermostat, pour in a fresh supply of a 50/50 mix of antifreeze and distilled water, bleed all air from the system, and you should be ready to go. I would also inspect all radiator and heater hoses and replace as necessary.

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