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Tiny
SHANNONMEEKER
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  • 1987 FORD CONTOUR
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
Had a ford contour the timming belt broke the machanic said good thing its a freewheel engine what does that mean
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Sunday, March 20th, 2011 AT 6:16 PM

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Tiny
CARADIODOC
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Some engines are an "interference" design which means the open valves and the moving pistons occupy the same space, but not at the same time, unless the timing belt jumps a few teeth or breaks. Think of two cars in the same place in an intersection, but hopefully not at the same time. Interference engines are very expensive to repair after the timing belt breaks or "jumps time". I'll never own one.
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Sunday, March 20th, 2011 AT 8:28 PM

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