Re: bent valves Head gasket??? Whats going on here??
See what you mean on interference or not .Some say it is but seems from the majority that it non interference which is good news for you if true .You would need the head gasket to be blown in two places to affect the three cys .I think it's a head off to be certain and reveal the problem .
" Best Answer
Jim TaddeiFebruary 01, 2011, 13:29
The 2.0L engine in your 1999 Ford Escort is indeed listed and an interference engine. Broken timing belts on interference engine often result in valve damage. To begin to try and determine the extent of the damage I would recommend to install a new timing belt and then check the engine compression. Mileage is high but if your Escort is in such good shape it may be worth it to repair the cylinder head if damage is found. "
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joelburke26 from Joels Auto Service, February 01, 2011, 18:03
" all the 2.0 engines are non interference engines.there are relief slots cut in the pistons so there's no collision with the valves in the event of a broken timing belt. doesnt matter if your car is a lx,se,or zx2 have your mechanic replace the belt and you'll be fine.just replaced one this past summer on a 98 2.0l dohc dx2 with no problems,cars motoring fine. "