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Old 24 Jun 2014, 04:37 pm
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Default What To do In Case Of Timing Belt Breakage?

I know at 91K miles, my timing belt is on borrowed time. I am going to get it replaced... soon... just not today.

I already updated my insurance to include roadside assistance (an extra $6 a month and no deductible).

But what happens if the timing belt breaks?

Will the car coast similar to as if it were in gear and you just took your foot off the gas?

Will there be engine damage?

Should I shift in to neutral to minimize engine braking so i can coast further??

How much cursing is appropriate?

Thanks in advance.

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yesterday at 6:00 I had to drive over the Grape Vine headed north from L.A. (If you don't know the Grape Vine, it is a 4,000-foot-high mountain pass that has become the graveyard of many a high-mileage car.)

Anyway, I wanted to minimize stress on my geriatric timing belt as much as possible, so I tried to keep the RPM at 2,000 and under.

I was driving so slowly, that many big rigs were passing me - even when driving UPHILL.
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Old 24 Jun 2014, 04:54 pm
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First stop babying it! Your mileage is not that bad. You do not sound like a street rodder so I am sure that you might get well over 100k?

When the timing belt breaks the engine will simply stop running. How you come to a stop is dependent with your environment at the time. If on a busy highway DON'T panacke and find a way to safely get off the road. Remember though you will lose power steering and power brakes so be prepared to work those legs and arms out a bit. In most cases (there are exceptions) if a timing belt breaks you are at the posted speed limit which in that case can usually coast off the road. There are few scenarios that you could harm the engine when the timing belt breaks however in your case I doubt you fit any of them. So don't race any Honda's with "snorty" exhaust sounds until you get a your timing belt changed.
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DON'T panacke .
Yes, never pancake!

Seriously, as NitroPT said, you are still fine. I did my belt at 98,000 miles. It still looked good. Make plans to change it, but don't sweat it if you don't get it done tomorrow.
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one more thing cursing will not actually help kind of like things painted RED do not actually make a car go faster--a chip will not get you 50+hp or a extra 15 mpg----- a blow dryer hooked up to your intake is NOT A GOOD THING so just keep in mind get out of traffic and dont sweat the small stuff................................
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Old 24 Jun 2014, 05:24 pm
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Thanks for the advice and information everyone. I will take it to heart.

On the other hand, I REFUSE to believe that cursing doesn't help...

(And as for painting things red to make them go faster, yes, I know now that doesn't work unless you put the appropriate lightning bolt stickers on there as well.)
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well of course there is always THAT.............................................
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Um........ if the RED part it is on Nitro's vehicles than it always makes them go faster. Truly!
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i like this thread.

when my belt broke i giggled and walked back to work
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Just sigh, roll your eyes upward, look up through the sun roof and ask your self, why did I wait.
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Quote:
"when my belt broke i giggled and walked back to work"
I never even SMILE when going to work... EVER!

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But in all seriousness, if the belt goes, I won't have piston heads crushing my valves or anything like that, will I?
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