Broken Timing Belt (Prelude)

Discussion in 'Prelude' started by Bob, Oct 13, 2003.

  1. Bob

    Bob Guest

    I have a 1988 Honda Prelude SI that broke a timing belt. I know other cars
    the have such a incidents can do major damage and then some have designed
    in where valve don't hit the pistons. I am hoping for condition 2. What are
    my chances?
    Bob, Oct 13, 2003
  2. Bob

    MZ Guest

    According to this looks like #1
    MZ, Oct 13, 2003
  3. If you have never before changed a timing belt, I suggest that you have it
    towed to your favorite mechanic or a Honda service center and have them do
    the work for you. They can also tell you about any damage that may have
    Bill B. Johnson, Oct 13, 2003
  4. Bob

    Bob Guest

    I guess I am to expect bent valves and hopefully it didn't go through the
    top of the piston.
    Bob, Oct 13, 2003
  5. Bob

    David L Guest

    Hate to say this, but expect the bent valves. You can either have the head
    worked on and bent valves replaced, replace the engine with a used engine
    (many places on the net sells them), or get a new car. If getting another
    car is not in the budget, I'd recommending dropping in one of those used
    engines from Japan. Just type "Used Honda engines" in yahoo or google...

    Small chance it did not bend the valves, but have a mechanic check it out.

    Good luck,
    btw - I speak from experience from an '89 Prelude Si!
    David L, Oct 13, 2003
  6. Bob

    Bob Guest

    Yep, thats what I expect. remove head and replace valves. I just hope I
    don't see one impaled in the top of a piston.
    Bob, Oct 13, 2003
  7. Bob

    Bill Kapaun Guest

    You have "condition 1", but sometimes you still can get lucky.
    If the engine happened to be idling when the belt broke, you may have
    gotten lucky.
    If the engine made a sudden stop when it broke, probably not.
    Bill Kapaun, Oct 13, 2003
  8. Bob

    Eric Guest

    When the valves hit the pistons they bend. They leave slight indentations
    in the tops of the pistons. The pistons are otherwise not damaged in most

    Eric, Oct 13, 2003
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