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My timing belt broke while driving down the interstate. Now, after replacing it, the water pump, and the distributor, my 3rd cylinder is blown? Now, it obviously drives really crappy and I'm scared the engine will lock up on me while driving. Should I be driving it? Are there any alternate choices to fixing it or is my engine screwed? Please help.

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I actually had a similar problem with my 2001 Honda Accord, and the truth was that I actually purchased a Japanese 30,000 mile engine with a warranty and had it installed for much cheaper than I could have had it repaired/rebuilt. It all happened when my timing belt broke on my girlfriend too. I purchased the motor and had it installed for less than 900.00. Car runs great and even gets better fuel mileage now.

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I don't know if your engine is a non-interference type or not.
If it isn't, you probably have a bent valve stem or two.
When the cam shaft and crankshaft positions aren't bound to each other via the timing belt, the valves can be pushed into the cylinder and rammed upward with no place to go.

A Fiat head hanging on the wall of a dealer service shop with valves driven into the head and snapped off was a good reminder not to forget to change it on time.

Check with a service shop to find out if the timing belt failure will damage that engine.

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