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How do you know if broken timing belt did more damage on 99 ZX2?


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2007-04-30 15:06:48
2007-04-30 15:06:48

99 zx2 has a non interference engine. This means if the timing is off or the timing belt breaks, no damage will occur to your engine. If you replaced the belt and your engine runs rough, misfires, bucks, that means you didn't put the timing belt on right. It's got to be put on perfectly with the crankshaft at TDC and the cams aligned. Have fun. If you can figure it out, you can take it to a Ford dealer to have the timing belt put on properly.

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If the timing belt is broken the vehicle will not start.

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If you can drive the car, the timing belt isn't broken. An engine will not start or run with a broken cam belt.

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The Ford Motor Company made the Ford Escort zx2 2.0 motor, a "non interferance engine" meaning when the timing belt breaks, it will NOT damage your engine components. -Antwon00

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Almost certainly. The timing belt being damaged or broken can cause a number of different problems. I know in my 86 celica sx the result of a faulty/ old timing belt was a piston snapping off at the control rod, it was warped and bent because of wrong timing. i suggest if u have a broken/old/damaged timing belt you do not drive it till u get it replaced. Also see your mechanic for more advice

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If you think your Timing Belt broke DO NOT try to crank your car, if you continue to crank you car with a severed timing belt you will cause more damage. The only way you can tell for sure if the timing belt broke is to remove the upper timing cover and inspect the belt. If you see a naked cam sprocket your timing belt has broken and you will most likely need a top end engine rebuild.


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