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If the cam belt breaks does it damage the engine or will the motor just stop

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  • poppano1 Aug 17, 2008

    thank you very helpful how can i tell if the valves have hydraulic lashes.

  • Anonymous Oct 23, 2008

    My cam belt has broken and caused a lot of damage to my engine.

    In order to repair this damage, it will cost me more than what the car is worth.

    Apparently, this engine is noted for this kind of problem. Why wasn't

    there a recall on this product?




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Depends if the valves has hydraulic valve lashes. if not, it will definitely cause damage to your engine. if the timing belt breaks it will leave the valves open and the pistons will rise and impact those valves which can bend the valves and also ur cam.

Posted on Aug 16, 2008


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you prob bent some valves or worse. you will need to get someone to remove the head and check it. its a big job

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SOURCE: what damage to my engine will occur if my cam belt

at least bent valves and probably holed pistons and a damaged cylinder head

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in an interference engine OHC or DOHC belt breaks
the cams stop dead and pistons continue to move up and down

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