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Timing Belts: Is Your Engine an Interference Engine?

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engine interference between valve and piston if timing belt breaks .

A timing belt failure is bad news because when the belt breaks, the camshaft stops turning and the engine dies. Worse yet, if the engine is an "interference" engine (one that lacks sufficient clearance between the valves and pistons if the cam stops turning), the result can be one or more bent valves (usually intake valves), and possibly a broken piston. This kind of damage can cost several thousand dollars to repair!

The service life of a timing belt depends on a number of factors: the type of materials used in the manufacture of the timing belt, engine speed, miles driven, underhood temperatures and exposure to dust or other contaminants.

On older OHC (overhead cam) engines, the most common recommended replacement interval for the timing belt is 60,000 miles. From about 1995 and up, better belt materials using EPDM rubber were used that allow longer service intervals. The recommended replacement interval on the newer EPDM belts is typically 100,000 to 120,000 miles on many engines. But the belts do not last forever.

RECOMMENDED TIMING BELT REPLACEMENT INTERVALS

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If the recommended replacement interval is 60,000 miles, that does not mean your timing belt will fail at 60,001 miles. It may last until 80,000, 90,000 or even more miles before it fails. But eventually your timing belt will fail, and when that happens it can cause expensive engine damage if your engine is an interference engine.

If you do not know when your timing belt should be changed, look up the recommended service interval in your owners manual.

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Below is a list of interference engines by make, year and model compiled from information provided by the Automotive Engine Rebuilders Association (AERA) and the Gates Corporation:

LIST of INTERFERENCE ENGINES WITH TIMING BELTS

NOTE: This list is not all inclusive. But if your engine is listed below, it IS an interference engine with a timing belt.

ACURA

1986-89 1.6L Integra

1991-95 1.7L Integra

1990-95 1.8L Integra

1986-89 2.5L Legend

1992-94 2.5L Vigor

1986-89 2.7L Legend

1990 2.7L Legend

1991-95 3.0L NSX

1991-95 3.2L Legend

1996-98 2.2L CL

1998-? 2.3L CL

1998-? 2.0L V6 CL

1998-? 3.5L V6 RL

AUDI

1970-93 All Except 1970-77

1970-73 1.8L 1.9L &

1992-98 2.8L V6 90 100 Quattro A4 A6

BMW

1987-95 2.5L 325I 525I

1994-95 4.0L 740I

CHRYSLER

1993-95 1.5L Colt

1987-88 1.5L Colt

1992-95 1.5L Eagle Summit

1987-88 1.6L Colt

1989-92 1.6L Eagle Summit

1994-98 2.0L Neon Stratus

1990-95 2.0L Eagle Talon

1995-97 2.4L Cirrus

1995-98 2.5L V6 Cirrus

1995-98 2.0L & 2.5L V6 Sebring & Avenger

1998 3.2L V6 Concorde & Intrepid

DAIHATSU

1988-92 1.0L Charade

1988-92 1.3L Charade

1990-92 1.6L Rocky

FIAT

1974-79 1.3L 128 Series

1979-82 1.5L Stranda

1974-78 1.6L 124 Series

1974-78 1.8L 124 Series

1974-78 1.8L 131 Series, Brava

1979-82 2.0L Brava, Spider

FORD

1981-85 1.6L Escort, EXP

1981-83 1.6L LN7, Lynx

1984-85 2.0L Escort, Tempo

1993-95 2.0L Probe

1986-88 2.0L Ranger

1984-87 2.0L Lynx, Topaz Diesel

1985 2.2L Ranger

1989-92 2.2L Probe

1986-88 2.3L Ranger

1986-87 2.3L Diesel Ranger

1991-98 4.6L Crown Victoria

1993-98 2.0L Probe

GM

1986-95 1.0L Geo Metro

1989-91 1.0L Firefly (CANADA)

1985-88 1.5L Sunburst (CANADA)

1985-89 1.5L Spectrum

1990-93 1.6L Prizm, Storm

1981-84 1.8L Diesel (CANADA)

1982-86 1.8L Buick Skyhawk

1990-98 1.9L Saturn

1987-88 2.0L Buick Skyhawk

1988-95 2.3L Quad Four

1985-87 3.0L Buick

1979-95 3.8L Buick

1996-98 3.4L V6 Lumina & Monte Carlo

HONDA

1986-87 1.0L Prelude

1973-78 1.2L All

1973-78 1.3L All

1980-84 1.3L All

1973-78 1.5L All

1985-89 1.5L Civic

1988-95 1.5L Civic, CRX

1993-95 1.5L Civic Del Sol

1979-84 1.5L All

1985-87 1.5L CRX

1993-97 1.6L Civic Del Sol

1973-78 1.6L All

1980-82 1.6L All

1988-98 1.6L Civic, CRX

1984-87 1.8L Prelude, Accord

1979-83 1.8L All

1986-91 2.0L Prelude

1990-91 2.1L Prelude

1990-95 2.2L Prelude, Accord

1992-98 2.2L Prelude

1986-88 2.0L Accord

1990-96 2.2L Accord

1998 2.3L Accord

1998 3.0L V6 Accord

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HYUNDAI

1984-95 1.5L Excel Scoupe

1995-98 1.5L Accent

1992-95 1.6L Elantra

1993-98 1.8L Elantra

1992-98 2.0L Sonata

1989-91 2.4L Sonata

1990-98 3.0L Sonata

INFINITI

1990-92 3.0L M30

ISUZU

1987-89 1.5L I-Mark

1990-93 1.6L Stylus Impulse

1987-89 2.0L Impulse

1981-87 2.2L Diesel Truck

1986-95 2.3L Truck Trooper

1988-95 2.6L Truck Rodeo Amigo

1991-96 3.2L Trooper Rodeo Amigo

KIA

1995 2.0L Sportage

MAZDA

1984-85 2.0L 626

1988-92 2.2L 626 MX6

1989-93 2.2L Pickup

1988-97 3.0L 929 MPV

MITSUBISHI

1985-95 1.5L Mirage Precise

1990-92 1.6L Mirage

1989-98 2.0L Galant Eclipse

1983-86 2.3L Diesel Pickup

1991-97 3.0L V6 3000GT

1994-95 2.4L Galant

1993-97 3.0L V6 (DOHC) Diamante

NISSAN

1982 1.5L Centra

1983-88 1.6L Sentra Pulsar

1987-89 1.8L Pulsar

1982-89 2.0L Stanza 300ZX

1984-98 3.0L Maxima 300ZX

1994-98 3.3L V6 Pathfinder

PORSCHE

1976-83 2.0L 924 (Note: some non-turbo engines may be non-interference)

1976-89 2.5L 944 Series

1989 2.7L 944 Series

1989-91 3.0L 944 Series

1976-83 4.5L 928

1984 4.7L 928

1985-91 5.0L 928

1992-95 5.4L 928

SUZUKI

1985-94 1.3L Samurai Sidekick

1989-94 1.3L Swift

TOYOTA

1986-95 1.5L Tercel

1981-83 2.2L Pickup

1984-87 2.4L Pickup

1982-88 2.8L Celica Cressida

1987-94 3.0L 4-Runner

VOLKSWAGEN

1976-91 All Except 1.9 2.1L Engine

1990-92 1.6L Golf (CANADA) Jetta

1990-95 2.0L GTI Jetta GLI Passat

VOLVO

1993-98 2.3L 5-cylinder C70 S70 V70 850

1993-98 2.4L 5-cylinder 850 V70

1991-93 2.3L 5-cylinder 940 (Canadian)

1986-94 2.3L 4-cylinder 240 740 760 780 940






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