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Default Interference Engine or not?

I heard both from a lot of people. Is my 2001 Kia Sportage limited 2.0 DOHC an interference engine? I'm asking because the timing belt recently broke and i'm trying to plan what to expect with the reapir.

The mechanic that looked at the kia first said it was an interference engine.

The dealer said it's not

Advance auto said it is

Another forum said it's not

Someone please give me a final answer.....
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The belt manufacturers say they are.So does Chilton's.

2 ways to tell.
Does the engine crank real fast like there's no compression? Sign #1.

Put a wrench on the crank pulley and turn the engine clockwise.Do you feel at least some compression and no valve resistance? Sign #2.

When you've found out for sure, let us know.
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This motor either it is or it isn't. I need advice from someone who knows this. I shouldn't have to go out there and start spinning this and that.
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Dealer said it's not??????? Is that it's not a interferance engine, or it's not a non-interferance engine?

According to KIA The engine is a non-interferance type, you should be able to just simply replace the belt, align the cams, and be on youre way!
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Dealer said it's not??????? Is that it's not a interferance engine, or it's not a non-interferance engine?

According to KIA The engine is a non-interferance type, you should be able to just simply replace the belt, align the cams, and be on youre way!
The dealer said it is a Non-interferance engine.

That's the answer I wanted to hear, thanks.
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The dealer said it is a Non-interferance engine.

That's the answer I wanted to hear, thanks.
When all is said and done let us know.I see how confusing it is.

edited from article by Larry Carley, ImportCar, September 2001

Import interference engines include the following:

* Virtually all Acura and Honda 4-cylinder and V6 passenger car engines;
* 1994 and newer Audi 2.8L V6;
* 1998 & up Audi 1.8L;
* All BMW 2.5L and 2.7L 6-cylinder;
* All Hyundai 4-cylinder and V6 engines;
* Infiniti 3.0L V6;
* Isuzu 1.5L, 2.0L, 2.3L & 2.6L engines;
* Kia 2.0L in the Sportage,
* Mazda 2.0L in the MX-6 and 626, and the 3.0L V6 in the 929 and MPV;
* Most Mitsubishi engines, except the 1.8L, SOHC 2.0L 4-cylinder & SOHC 3.0L V6;
* All Nissan 4-cylinder and V6 engines;
* All Porsche engines;
* 1989-’94 Suzuki 1.3L DOHC;
* Toyota 1.5L Tercel engine;
* 1990-’92 Volkswagen 1.6L diesel; and
* Volvo 2.3L and 2.4L engines.
Unfortunately, the owners of many of these vehicles are totally unaware that their timing belt needs to be periodically replaced for preventive maintenance. The belt is out-of-sight and out-of-mind and, unless they read their owner’s manual (which few ever do) and see the replacement recommendation in black-and-white, they usually ignore the belt until it’s too late.

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Interference engines .....
Virtually all Acura and Honda 4-cylinder and V6 passenger car engines;
Kia 2.0L "Sportage"
Mazda 2.0L in the MX-6 and 626, and the 3.0L V6 in the 929 and MPV;
Mitsubishi engines, except the 1.8L, SOHC (My Galant!) 2.0L 4-cylinder & SOHC 3.0L V6;
All Nissan 4-cylinder and V6 engines
All Porsche engines
1989-’94 Suzuki 1.3L DOHC
Toyota 1.5L Tercel
1990-’92 Volkswagen 1.6L diesel
Volvo 2.3L and 2.4L engines.
1994 and newer Audi 2.8L V6
1998 & newer Audi 1.8L
BMW 2.5L and 2.7L 6-cylinder
Hyundai 4-cylinder and V6 engines
Infiniti 3.0L V6
Isuzu 1.5L, 2.0L, 2.3L & 2.6L engines;



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What Dayco says.
Kia Parts 2001 Sportage 4WD DOHC16 Kia Timing Belt
Vehicle: 2000 – 2002 Kia Sportage
Brand: Dayco Timing Belt
Fits Engine – Chassis:
2.0L, 4 Cylinder, GAS, FI, VIN "3", 3FE, Interference Engine — Base, Water Pump Driven by Timing Belt
2.0L, 4 Cylinder, GAS, FI, VIN "3", 3FE, Interference Engine — EX, Water Pump Driven by Timing Belt
Part #: DY95281
Description: DAYCO TIMING BELT -- Timing Belt (Camshaft), Self-Lubricating Fabric Provides Exceptional Resistance To Abrasion, Resulting In Extended Pulley And Belt Life, The Molded COG Design Runs Quieter And Is More Economical Than Chain Drives, Our Premium, High Modulus Glass Fiber Non-Stretch Cord Delivers Precise Length Stability To Keep The Engine Running Smoothly Over The Life Of The Belt, The Belt?s Compounding And Tooth Configurations Are Designed For Specific Applications Ranging From Normal Service To High Performance And High Temperature Engines

Google this."Kia 2.0 DOHC interference engine?"

Hope its not.Just recently replaced mine to avoid it.Didn't test the theory when i had it apart.The Isuzu dealer told me the same thing about my 2.2L, but guess what it took out all 16 valves.Thats why i got right to it on my Sportage.

If you don't want to "SPIN ANYTHING" to find out why ask?
After the mechanic looks at it let us know whats really what.
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I have an 01' sportage. Non-interference. I busted the timing belt maybe two months ago? Took maybe four hours or so to get it all back up and running, but yeah... such fun. The tow truck told me that it was interference and that I was heading up the road for a big bill.. Suckers..
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On the positive side.

Kia, TIMING BELT REPLACEMENT, Bob Dowie, ImportCar, June 2007

Yet still confusing.
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The older Sporty's had a single cam engine. Those are interference motors. The later model Sporty's with the dual cam set up are not interference. Been there done that.
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If you don't want to "SPIN ANYTHING" to find out why ask?
Trying to plan the work before I get started.

Since the dealer said it's a non-interferance engine i'm gonna go with that. Hopefully they're right.

I've already ordered a timing belt, idler & tensioner pulleys and a water pump. they should be here in a few days. I'll let you know how it goes.
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