If the timing belt breaks does it ruin the engine?

Asked by Jul 14, 2015 at 05:41 PM about the 1995 Honda Civic

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

1995 civic 1.6 ohc vtec , yes it's "J" made
4 door 5th Gen civic with similar engine ,
was ordered that way .think the timing
belt broke does that mean the engine is

3 Answers


It depends on weather it is an interference engine or not

3 of 3 people found this helpful.

If one of the valves was open (intake or exhaust valve) when the belt broke it is a possibility that the piston bent a valve.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

According to the chart I have it looks like yours is a interference engine, so that means that if the timing belt breaks the possibility of the pistons hitting the valves are very high, you can put on a new timing belt and do a compression test to verify this yourself, if you have 1 or more that have bad compression then you will have to remove the head to find out just how much damage was done, most of the time just have the head redone and replacing the valves is all you have to do, but I have seen a fair amount of engines that broke their timing belt at high speed or high RPM's and didn't fair so well, they broke off the valves embedding them in the pistons in turn cracking the piston and that in turn cracked the block, that all happens in a split second. So you really won't know anything until you get a compression.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

Your Answer


Looking for a Used Civic in your area?

CarGurus has 52,297 nationwide Civic listings starting at $1,200.


Honda Civic Experts

  • #1
    Tom Demyan
  • #2
    Jonathan Ford
  • #2
    Takoda Fraser
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Honda Accord
565 Great Deals out of 92,859 listings starting at $1,495
Used Toyota Corolla
703 Great Deals out of 67,254 listings starting at $1,599
Used Honda Civic Coupe
119 Great Deals out of 10,435 listings starting at $750
Used Toyota Camry
853 Great Deals out of 72,897 listings starting at $1,400
Used Honda CR-V
604 Great Deals out of 67,385 listings starting at $1,800
Used Nissan Altima
816 Great Deals out of 68,083 listings starting at $750
Used Hyundai Elantra
407 Great Deals out of 45,277 listings starting at $495
Used Honda Accord Coupe
98 Great Deals out of 4,333 listings starting at $800
Used Nissan Sentra
520 Great Deals out of 50,870 listings starting at $1,995
Used BMW 3 Series
928 Great Deals out of 33,220 listings starting at $1,300
Used Hyundai Sonata
383 Great Deals out of 50,845 listings starting at $1,300

Used Cars For Sale

2018 Honda Civic For Sale
29,800 listings starting at $16,376
2017 Honda Civic For Sale
22 Great Deals out of 3,162 listings starting at $14,421
2016 Honda Civic For Sale
39 Great Deals out of 2,274 listings starting at $10,200
2015 Honda Civic For Sale
137 Great Deals out of 7,060 listings starting at $8,995
2014 Honda Civic For Sale
44 Great Deals out of 1,725 listings starting at $6,673

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.