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timing belt
12-28-2007, 02:34 AM
Post: #1
timing belt
1996 Kia Sportage 4dr 4x4. Is this a non interferance engine?

If I lose the timing belt did it affect the valve trian or not?
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01-01-2008, 02:01 AM
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RE: timing belt
According to all the info. I have it is in interference engine. But I have seen what is listed as an interference engine break t-belts and be ok. The easiest way for me to be sure is to install the new belt and before completly reassmembling, see if it will start and run. You can do a cyl. leak-down test but that gets a little technical.

Cary Joe York
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01-01-2008, 10:56 AM
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RE: timing belt
Agree with CJY here in that a leak down test will show lots.

OTOH, a simple compression test can show if a valve is bent (not seated) which is what you really want to know.

From the way your question is worded it does sound as if you are still driving the car so why not plan to do this job on schedule (ASAP?) just to stay out of trouble.

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