It was over due, it had 77K on it. It was my fault, was going about 40 when it just quit. Coasted to a stop with the clutch out so the motor was still turning.
I never heard of the word "interference engine " before this, now I know better.
I'm just amazed that someone would design a engine that the whole survival depends on a darn belt!!!!!!!......If this was the sixty's and you were a engineer designing cars you would been laugh at if you came up this junk.
Anyway I got a used motor from a junk yard. When I called the guy said come on down and you can start it and here it run its still in the car. when I got there it was the same exact car, even color, it was just wrecked in the rear. I started it and it ran fine, no noises and very responsive when you stepped on the gas.
Before i put in the car needless to say i changed the timing belt, what was odd was when I lined up the timing marks before I removed the belt the exhaust cam spocket was off 1 tooth, I couldn't believe it, i even rotated the motor a number of times and it was off..........I was surprised it ran so good when i started it at the junk yard. I'll bet if I could have driven it it would have been real sluggish. I don't believe it was the original belt, I can just hear the previous owner of that car saying "you know ever since I had that timing belt changed the car has never run right" lol
Its in the car now and running fine. (I also changed the tensioner, idler and water pump)
2002 Kia Rio
Last edited by tinman; 02-28-2009 at 01:00 AM.