Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Timing belt broke

asked by on

The timing belt broke. I'm not sure if the engine needs to be replaced.

A: Hello. It sounds like you have interference...

Hello. It sounds like you have interference motor that will need to be replaced. An interference motor is one that has very tight valve clearance between the cylinder head and the engine piston. If the timing belt breaks in this type of motor, it will cause the valves in the cylinder head to hit the pistons. This will in turn, cause the valves to bend the cylinder head. This motor may need to be replaced depending on the amount of damage done. If you need this issue repaired, I would have a professional mechanic diagnose and repair this problem for you.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Save up to 30%

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Takes 3-7 tries before engine stays running

Hello. The symptoms you are experiencing, hard starting and an unstable idle speed, can be caused by a variety of issues. You mention that you replaced a few parts, namely ignition components, so they should be alright. The next things...

Q: Check Engine light and camshaft position sensor code

Hi. If you have a camshaft position sensor code that is coming up, then that is why the Check Engine Light is coming off and on. Most of the time, this is caused by a sensor failure, but it can...

Q: My car cut out just before said check injection on dash now won't start or nothing just whines over like the battery was dying

In order to provide a more thorough answer, we will need more information on the type of vehicle and engine. In general terms though, when you try to start the car and only hear the starter whining, it could be...

Related articles

What Causes Hoses to Leak?
While the largest part of your engine is mechanical, hydraulics plays a significant role. You’ll find fluids at work in a number of different areas. Your car's fluids include: Engine oil Transmission...
How to Renew Your Car Registration in Oklahoma(DELETED)
Having your car registered with the Oklahoma Tax Commission is an important part of driving legally in this state. You will need to do this within 30 days of moving to Oklahoma...
P0052 OBD-II Trouble Code: HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1)
P0052 code definition HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1) What the P0052 code means This code is seen when the Engine Control Module (ECM) tries to control the...