Not according to the Gates and the Dayco websites - they manufacture timing belts and they both say the 2.3 L 4 cylinder used in the 1993 Ford Ranger is NOT an " interference motor " Of course , if the belt breaks than everything has to be put back "in time " which is more work.
No , it is not an interference engine
If the belt breaks you will have serious internal engine damage but the engine will not be ruined. It can be repaired.
The pistons hit the valves and your engine is basically ruined.
as long as you have not driven the car very long with the water pump bad and overheated the engine, it is fixable. the engine is a noninterference engine so it is not going to hurt the engine if the belt breaks.
No the engine is not ruined. It needs a new head gasket and an oil change after the gasket been changed.
The best bet is to go by the recommended maintenance time in the owners manual. The timing belt could last much longer, but when it breaks there will be no warning. If the engine is known as close tolerance then the engine could be ruined.
The engine will be ruined
the oil lubricates the engine parts, without it the engine would lock up and be ruined
It will seize up and stop working and be ruined.
Yep. If your timing belt breaks, or jumps a few teeth, you will likely end up with bent valves. You may also find ruined valve guides, valve seats, pistons...
No. Mazda Miatas run a non-interference engine.