1997 Honda Civic probably timing belt

Tiny
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  • 1997 HONDA CIVIC
  • 4 CYL
  • 2WD
  • MANUAL
  • 197,000 MILES
Thanks for your help. I have a 1997 honda civic and it appears the timing belt broke. The car was running great one minute - then just quit. Mechanics say it's most likely the timing belt. If the car has a non-interference engine it's likely the repair will be cost reasonable. If it is an interference engine then the cost goes way up. How can I tell if I have an interference vs. Non-interference engine? I've tried to find the information on line but am not making any progress.

Thanks again

Pat
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Thursday, March 26th, 2009 AT 8:50 PM

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Tiny
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Hi Pat,

Unfortunately your car is an Interference engine. But, that doesn't mean the repair will go way up. When the engine just quit did you hear any strange noises. A knock or rattle.

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Thursday, March 26th, 2009 AT 8:59 PM
Tiny
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Thanks for the reply! Wife was driving at the time, said it just quit and reports nothing strange. Thanks for your help, that's what I was looking for - where does one find that information?

Pat
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Friday, March 27th, 2009 AT 7:15 PM
Tiny
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Well pretty much all hondas are interference engines. But most of the time you can just look up the timing parts and it will usually tell you.

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Friday, March 27th, 2009 AT 9:40 PM

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