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Q: Timing belt broke.

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The timing belt broke on my 88 Prelude Si DOHC. Is there any chance that I don't have bent valves? How can I tell before I put a timing belt kit on it?

My car has 172000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

A: Hi, thanks for writing in. This engine is l...

Hi, thanks for writing in. This engine is listed as an interference motor. This means the engine is likely to bend the valves if the timing belt breaks. The only way to verify if the valves are bent is to put on a timing belt and do a compression test. If you get zero compression, then the valves were most likely bent.

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