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Is it possible for a BMW E36 316i to bend valves when my cambelt hads stripped?

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Yes its very possible possible that valve damage may have occured when the belt failed.I would suggest that you reinstall a new belt and attempt to crank the engine.Theres a chance it that it did not bend any valves.If it does not crank then cylinder head will have to be removed for the repair.

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