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Re: Timing belt breakage

> My understanding is that the 5 cylinder engines, such as the one in my 87 
> 5kCSTQ, are "non-interference" engines, so a timing belt break just leaves
> you dead by the side of the road.  However, the V-6 and V-8 engines are 
> "interference" engines and when the belt breaks bad things can (and often 
> do) happen.

The 1.6 and 1.7L 4-cyl motors are of the non-interference type but the later
1.8L motors (with 10:1 compression) will usually stuff a valve into a piston
if the timing belt breaks at much above idle ... I'm not sure about the 1.8L
motor (8.5:1 compression) used in the '84 4k, though.
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