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2001 Ford Escort plane jane, 130,000 miles. While TDY in Japan wife said the Escort blew up. States mechanic friend looked at it and said it threw a piston. I just got back and took a quick look. #1 spark plug was hit by the piston, other plugs look fine. I also took a look down where the timing belt should be going up to the Camshaft thru the cover and did not see a timing belt!!! I didn't have the time to take the cover off. If the belt broke and one piston hit the spark plug I am wondering how much damage was done to the piston? I plan on doing a compression check just to double check this mechanics findings (he did not do one). Has anyone had this problem before since these are suppose to be non-interference engines. (This is my 3rd Escort) Thanks for any advice or comments
 

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Is this a common fault with this engine, a valve seat issue or valve failing? I know on an 82 I owned I had problems but that was due to the timing belt breaking and bending a few valves. Thanks, guess I will be pulling the head off anyway as well as replacing timing belt, tensioner etc.... No fun with engine in car!!
 

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Ok thanks for all the advice. The timing belt was replaced at about 90,000 but I don't recall replacing the tensioner. The only problem with the timing belt is how little room between the engine and the fenderwall. Will be tearing into it tomorrow. I will try to turn the engine, and I take it do it with the spark plugs out. Just hope if it is a valve it did not damage the piston!!
 
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