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I broke the timeing belt the distributer is jamed shop says i need a new motor whats the chance?

What else whould be damsged?

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Well you should look up to see if the engine is an interference engine meaning that the piston can't be at the top of the cylinder and the valves open at the same time or else they hit and if that is the case you might as well get a new motor or you have to take off the heads probably have the heads redone and then any damage to the Pistons be replaced so you will be rebuilding that motor anyways so either rebuild or new they do make some good rebuild out there that would save you some money and then just put all the components all the extras from your motor onto the rebuilt same would be done with a new motor

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    Sean Wright Jun 11, 2014

    We do interference motors all the time...and most times is just replace head, not nearly as expensive as a full engine replacement



Go to the shop & see the problem

There is lots to be learned using your computer
& googling the questions on timing belts & distributors
with frozen bearings

Can't guess at the need for a new motor until you know
what happened,how & why & what other damage was done

Why were you not changing the timing belt every 6 years or 70,000 miles & doing it yourself?

You have to use the computer to learn & educate yourself, before
you have problems

You have to take vehicles apart when they are working correctly
& you learn of issues you know others have had & work on
preventing failed items before they happen

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I'd say find a better shop

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