is 1997 Ford Escort four cylinder a non-interference engine? on 1997 Ford Escort

If the belt breaks does it always cause other damage?

Asked by for the 1997 Ford Escort
It is an INTERFERENCE engine!!! Sometimes you may get lucky and it not damage the engine if the belt brakes, MAYBE! Just replace the belt and componets with water pump at the recommended intervals and no worries! This is for either one of the 2.0 engines since you did not say which you have!! DOHC or SOHC?? Water pump replacement is a must on these engines when replacing the timing belt!

Uh..........Did your timing belt break?