1998 Ford Contour Repair Question
Ford Contour Engine Problem
Please list the engine size when asking an engine-related question. The V-6 uses a timing chain so I'm guessing you have the four-cylinder. That is indeed an interference engine and it is highly unlikely the valves weren't damaged. A compression test will prove it and a cylinder leakage test will show which valves are bent.
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I just had my timing belt break on me twice(in 3 days) last month and it could be that the timing is off or that the tensioner wasn't adjusted right. Most likely the timing though. And you are correct, the engine(zetec) on a four cylinder Ford Contour is non-interference. Get this fixed quickly because you don't want the belt snapping again.
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