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I had my timing belt changed after breaking on my 2004 Kia Optima, it caused valve damage and my bill was $1,295.00. About 4 months later it broke again causing the whole motor to explode now the car needs a whole new motor. Was it originally installed wrong possibly?

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On smaller engines the timing belt should be checked regularly.When the belt breaks the camshaft stops turning and valves stay open at wrong time but the pistons keep moving and come up to top of cyclender and crash into the valves causing the first bit of damage.What I think happen to cause it to break again prematurly was somthing was still bent from first time causing resistance on belt which caused belt to break second time.These engines cant take that kind of abuse once never mind twice.I dont think second belt was installed wrong to cause this.Like I said the mechanic missed somthing bent or damaged the first time.But unfourtunatly this will be hard to prove.Unless you requested and still have old parts from first time work was done and can prove that it was mechanic neglegants.Good Luck.

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    I had my timing belt replaced on my 2004 Kia Optima but it still didn't start. He replaced the crankshaft sensor and that fixed the problem for three months but my car broke stop woking when i was driving. I took it to another mechanic and he said the reason why my engine didn't start again is that their's another belt inside the engine called the balance belt which broke. You have two outher belts and two inside engine belts.

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Obtain a picture of the VIN number (seen through driver's side windshield) and a picture of the left side of the engine.
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