my timing belt bgoke on my car and the repair shop said I could possibly have an interfence engine with a bent valve how common is this and is it worth fixing? The car has 145,000miles and excellent interior and exterior. HELP
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1999 Ford Escort Question: timing bellt broke and so called interference engine
Jim Taddei February 01, 2011, 13:29Master
The 2.0L engine in your 1999 Ford Escort is indeed listed and an interference engine. Broken timing belts on interference engine often result in valve damage. To begin to try and determine the extent of the damage I would recommend to install a new timing belt and then check the engine compression. Mileage is high but if your Escort is in such good shape it may be worth it to repair the cylinder head if damage is found.
Replyutilser, February 03, 2011, 10:33Rookie
whats the chance of damage to the valves or rods bent, they been stuck plowing snow and havent gotten to it yet im a wreck thinking about it. My husband of only 54 just passed and I dont want to be taken.
Answer #2joelburke26 from Joels Auto Service, February 01, 2011, 18:03Master
all the 2.0 engines are non interference engines.there are relief slots cut in the pistons so there's no collision with the valves in the event of a broken timing belt. doesnt matter if your car is a lx,se,or zx2 have your mechanic replace the belt and you'll be fine.just replaced one this past summer on a 98 2.0l dohc dx2 with no problems,cars motoring fine.
Replyutilser, February 03, 2011, 10:36Rookie
So joe your telling me its not possible for their not to be any problems because its a non interference engine? My husband just passed at 54 and I do not want to be taken I need some good male advice. Thank you Mary
Answer #3Visitor, February 19, 2011, 12:50
well they aint going to know untill they open it uo and look at it. My timing belt broke and I repaired it , so with all that work for a tune of 600 it runs great and I say it was worth it . you cant buy something for 600 and depend on it . so Get it fixed