1998 Ford Escort interferance engine question

Tiny
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  • 1998 FORD ESCORT
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 91,000 MILES
My mechanic says my timing belt slipped causing many of my valves to get bent. Wants $1500 to do the repair but car is not worth it.
Q: I thought this 2.0 dohc engine was a non interferance engine? If it is non interferance shouldn't it be able to avoid bending valves if this situation happens?
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Thursday, September 9th, 2010 AT 11:41 PM

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Tiny
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http://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/416332_1998_ford_escort_zx2_timing_belt_1.jpg


Look's like your engine is interference fit so it is possible to damage valve's if the belt slip's.Sorry for the bad news.
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Friday, September 10th, 2010 AT 12:36 AM
Tiny
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Thanks. How were you able to find out? Some of the websites I looked said it was and some said it was not. Very confusing. I was thinking that maybe this guy was b.S.-Ing me.
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Friday, September 10th, 2010 AT 3:24 PM
Tiny
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I found it on Mitchell ondemand it's the online repair manual that all the moderators use on this site.I posted a screen shot from it that says with the timing belt off not to rotate the crank shaft or cam shaft or you can damage the valve's.
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Friday, September 10th, 2010 AT 4:18 PM
Tiny
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Thanks for the information. That helps quite a bit. I guess i'm now the proud owner of a 1998 boat anchor. Can't be worth the money it would take to get it fixed.
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Friday, September 10th, 2010 AT 10:43 PM
Tiny
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Your welcome at least now you know what's going on.
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Saturday, September 11th, 2010 AT 10:47 AM
Tiny
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Ya it's too bad. The body and interior are in mint condition. I'm almost thinking about dropping a rebuilt motor or a used low milage engine in that thing and keeping it going. Would be a lot cheaper than a new car or even a good used car. Any tips on following through on an idea like that? Thanks again for your help.
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Saturday, September 11th, 2010 AT 11:00 PM
Tiny
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Yeah it would be cheaper then replacing the car if you go with a used engine get the lowest mileage you can under a 100,000 mile's. Make sure the used engine you get the timing belt, thermostat, and water pump changed. If you go with a rebuilt engine make sure you find a rebuild place that has been around a long time that is a quality place.
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Sunday, September 12th, 2010 AT 1:02 PM
Tiny
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This is a different expert and I wanted to jump in here to let you know that some of this info is incorrect.

Your engine IS NOT an interference engine. The 2.0 DOHC is a free wheeling engine in every body except the Probe. The Probe has the only interference engine. I have repaired many of these with broken belts and never had any valve damage.


http://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/561653_Ford_interference_engines_1.jpg

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Wednesday, September 15th, 2010 AT 12:38 PM
Tiny
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http://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/416332_1998_ford_escort_20_dohc_timing_belt_1.jpg


That is a screen shot from mitchell ondemand for replacing the timing belt for the 2.0L Dohc vin3 that is where i got the info for the engine being interference fit.But since wrenchtech said that he has worked on them and they are not interference fit then i would say that mitchell ondemand has made a error in saying that.I would put a new belt on the engine and see if it start's and what the compression is.Thank you wrenchtech for correcting that error.
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Wednesday, September 15th, 2010 AT 1:04 PM
Tiny
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My screen shot is from Alldata
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Wednesday, September 15th, 2010 AT 1:09 PM
Tiny
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Let me add one more thing here about this engine. Whomever is doing this job, if they do not have the special tools, do not even attempt it. I have had to redo a number of these done by other techs that had a PO340 that couldn't be resolved after changing the belt all because it was timed incorrectly. Nearly every one had already replaced the PCM for nothing before bringing it to me too.
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Wednesday, September 15th, 2010 AT 1:20 PM
Tiny
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THANKS VERY MUCH GUYS FOR HELPING ME TO CLEAR THIS UP. I WAS ABOUT READY TO JUNK THIS CAR BUT I FEEL A LOT BETTER ABOUT FIXING AND KEEPING IT. MUCH APPRECIATION FOR ALL THE INPUT.
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Friday, September 17th, 2010 AT 3:12 PM
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Your welcome that's what were here for to help people.
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Friday, September 17th, 2010 AT 3:45 PM

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