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Hi, I have a 1998 Escort Sport with a 2.0l and the timing belt went last night. The garage told me the motor is shot, cause it's an interference motor, and the pistons met the valves. Is this true? What I am actually asking is this an interference motor, or not. If not, then I will take the car away from this guy, and bring it to someone who knows better.

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Bobby
 

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no it's not an interference motor. time to find a more honest(or knowledgable) mechanic!
 

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Its a non-interference motor.
 

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NON INTERFERENCE!!!!! With a small amount of mechincal knowledge and a Haynes or Chilton's repair manual you can put a new timing belt on in a couple hours time. Be sure to check the water pump and make sure the bearing in it isn't worn out. Most people go ahead and do the water pump at the same time they do the timing belt, but that's your call. I've broke 2 timing belts on my '88 over the years and both times I just lined up the timing marks, slapped a belt on it and fired it up.
 

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The odd part is for some reason Gates and Dayco list the CVH as interference. I bet there are alot of escorts getting junked because of those stupid lists.
 

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Thanks!! I was wondering, cause, while the belt made a hell of a racket when it stripped all it's teeth, there was no banging and clacking. No sounds of metal slapping together, and when I cranked it again, the bottom end was turning fine. I had an '85 Cherokee, with a 2.5l that lost it's belt. That thing locked up tighter than a sardine.
 
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