2005 Honda Odyssey catalytic converter

Tiny
TANMAN0421
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  • 2005 HONDA ODYSSEY
  • 6 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 102,500 MILES
I had repair done on my van in January of this year and they replaced the timing belt and replaced the head on the engine because we were not getting any compression in cylinder #2. Now the car will not start and they say that the catalytic converter caused the timing belt and engine to blow up and we need a new engine. Is this possible for the engine to blow up just because of a bad catalytic converter?
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Monday, August 16th, 2010 AT 7:12 PM

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Tiny
WRENCHTECH
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No, I wouldn't believe that at all. A Catalytic Converter is not going to cause a timing belt failure. Poor maintenance and not replacing the belt when recommended will cause that but it looks like you were right on time with that one. Assuming no one previously worked in the timing belt area, I don't see a reason for failure.
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Monday, August 16th, 2010 AT 7:42 PM
Tiny
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What really happened to the engine?

Did the timing belt broke and was the engine fault related to the timing belt?

Was it due to lubrication faults?

I concur with Wrenchtech about the catalytic converter not being the cause even if it is any of the problem I mentioned above.

Were the repairs done at a dealer?
Was replacement of head before or after the timing belt replacement?
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Tuesday, August 17th, 2010 AT 8:37 AM
Tiny
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The timing belt caused the engine to basically blow up. We had the head work done at the same time as the timing belt being replaced. The work was not done at a dealer but a local mechanics workshop. I think all of the problems occurred due to shoddy work done the first time. We had the new engine and everything installed by a Honda Dealership.
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Wednesday, August 18th, 2010 AT 4:05 PM
Tiny
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Yes, I would agree workmanship error is most likely to be the cause. Too bad it occurred after a period of use so it is not easy to get the workshop to take any responsibility.
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Thursday, August 19th, 2010 AT 7:05 AM

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