Monday, July 27, 2015
Which Car would you advise getting?
If you want to avoid a situation where a broken timing belt causes serious engine damage, make sure you buy a car with a non-interference engine. There are many still made. Every vehicle I own has a non-interference engine. http://www.freeautomechanic.com/TimingBelts.pdf http://yourcarangel.com/2014/07/interference-engines-complete-list/ http://www.agcoauto.com/content/List_Of_Interference_Engines With an interference engine, there would be valves crashing into pistons if the timing belt breaks. With a non-interference engine, there is no position of the crankshaft and camshaft that allows that to happen. I don't suggest that you ignore replacement of the timing belt at the recommended intervals, but if you do find yourself with a broken timing belt on a non-interference engine, you'll only be out a towing charge and the shop charge for replacing the belt. If you change your own, you would only be out a towing charge to where you do your car repair work at. I wish all vehicles had non-interference engines, but it isn't likely to ever happen. And that doesn't mean an interference type engine a poor design; it merely means that it wasn't a design goal when the engine was designed. There are some Lexus engines, by the way, that are of the non-interference type, and some of the engines used in the Escapes are also that type.