Timing belt broke.....?

timing-belts
damage
belts
valves
#1

my son has an 88 toyota corolla, the timing belt broke and we are wondering what the chances of valve damage are? what i have found out so far seems to indicate it is not one of the cars that always trash the valves. the car cost $200, so while we are willing to pay for a timing belt, a valve job might be more than the car is worth. any input?

#2

Your engine is a non-interference engine according to gates.com/partslocator

#3

The engine in your son’s Corolla is not an interference engine, so a new timing belt should be all it needs.

If you purchase a service manual like Haynes this job could be done at home. The new belt itself is not very expensive. Labor is what makes a timing belt replacement cost money.

I’ve replaced the timing belt on a Corolla, and it’s not terribly difficult. You do need a manual to follow, however.

#4

cool, so if i understand that correctly the likely hood is that the valves did not get damaged when the belt broke. right?

#5

It’s been a long time, but I thought an 88 would still have been a chain. I certainly could be wrong.

#6

As mentioned you would be fine with a new timing belt, maybe add new waterpump and belts.

#7

thanks. if it weren’t jan. i would probably try to fix it myself so he could learn as well. being that it is jan., and i don’t have a garage to fix it in i think i will just let him learn the lesson of keeping a little money in the bank (which he does better than i do by the way) with which to pay for it’s repair. :wink:

#8

A new belt tensioner is appropriate here too. Perhaps even a new front crank seal if the old one is leaking.

#9

How many miles on it? How’s the rest of the car? A $200 car is a great find . . . but suggests a car with a lot of miles/bad body/rough interior/ whatever . . . I hope for your sake that it was just a great find with decent body and reasonable miles. Good luck! Rocketman

#10

I checked gates.com. From 1983 to 1997, the Toyota Corolla had the 1.6L engine with cam timing belt. After 1997, the 1.8L engine was used and has a timing chain.
We can only assume the reasons for the discontinuance of the 1.6L engine (at least in the Corolla).

#11

Make sure you do water pump, tensioner, and seals while you have it apart.

#12

it is a combination of a good find and a perfect beater/around town car for a teenagers first car. body is okay, NO RADIO (which is also perfect for a teenager as he has fewer distractions) interior is good, high miles but drives fine, needs shocks…
all around good first car since I told him he had to buy and maintain his own car.