2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse Timing Belt

What happens to the 4 cylinder engine when the timing belt snaps?

Do the valves smash into the pistons and destroy the engine or does the engine just coast to a stop??

My daughter has ignored her dealer’s request that she change the timing belt for the last 20,000 miles (she is at 86,000 now).



Mitsubishi engines are interference engines. So if the timing belt fails, she’s looking at major engine repairs.