Join Date: Aug 2018
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Broken Timing Belt
Last night I went out to start my '98 OBW with the 2.5L and I believe the timing belt broke. It started cranking unevenly without starting. Sounds like it's only getting compression on 2/4 cylinders.
I'm annoyed because the PO told me this was replaced about a year ago or so. I did notice soon after buying the car there was a loud "whirring" sound in the front of it. I wondered to myself if the t-belt was installed improperly. Guess I got my answer.
Anyway, I'm getting a lot of conflicting information looking around on the internet whether or not this is an interference engine.
From what I gather, it sounds like there's no piston to valve interference, but there is the potential for valve to valve interference. Is this correct? Should I bother trying to replace the timing set, or are the valves certainly damaged?
The one thing I have going for me is, this happened while starting not while running in gear etc. Also, I didn't hear or feel any impact and the engine was cranking freely without obstruction as far as I could tell.
Is it also possible it jumped some teeth or something?
Thanks in advance for any and all advice.
1998 Subaru Outback