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1992 Honda Civic 1.5 16 valve When timing belt breaks do valves get bent from hitting piston?

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2006-08-12 05:02:19
2006-08-12 05:02:19

If it is a CRX then I believe it is an interference engine and yes you could have possibly damaged your valves pistons or both with the timing belt failure. The only way to know for sure is to do a compression test on the vehicle assuming it will still turn over after you fix the timing belt

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Almost always you will have bent valves and possible a busted piston. This is an interference engine.


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By interference, if you are referring to the valves. The 1.8 liter is a non interference engine. If the timing belt brakes, then the valves do not interfere with the piston. They do not try and occupy the same space. The 1.9 liter engine is an interference engine. If the timing belt breaks then the valves will occupy the same space as the piston and they will hit each other.


Also known as a interference engine, A zero tolerance engine is an engine that would damage the valves and likely the pistons without correct timing. This would occur because the valves and piston have the ability to come into contact with each other. With correct timing, this is not an issue because the piston travels away from the valves as they travel into the cylinder. When timing is lost, the piston could travel toward the valves as the valves enter the cylinder, resulting in severe damage to both. This is not an issue in a non interference engine because the piston and valves will not contact each other if timing was lost.


Just a guess, as I don't own one of these; VW engines are minimal or zero-clearance, meaning that the valves will hit the top of the piston if they aren't working correctly. If the timing belt (which it tied in with the valve operation) breaks, some valves may be stuck in the open position, and they could be clobbered by the piston. If the timing belt was recently replaced, they might not have correctly timed the valves.


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Luckily in the Geo the valves never travel down far enough for the piston to hit it so even with the timing belt broken its safe you can crank the car over til your blue in the face with out hurting anything.


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If the timing belt breaks, the valves get bent immediately.


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The valves can be bent when the timing belt breaks.


First off the 4.7L uses a timing chain, not a belt. Second, it could bend valves if the chain breaks.


It refers to an engine where the area occupied by the valves when they are open is occupied by the piston when the valves are closed. If the timing belt lets go while the engine is running the piston will smash the open valves doing loads of damage.


yes, if the timing belt breaks the pistons can hit the valves causeing the valves to bend, or causeing a hole in the piston(s) eather way the engine would need to be completely rebuilt. the same damage could be caused by trying to start the engine without the timing belt intact,



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