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Actually, just to correct something I said, the valves in the head of the 2.4L can be damaged if the belt breaks but not the short block.Report it
Adding to gt66's comments, the 2.4L IS a non-interference engine. My timing belt gave out 11 months ago at 148,000+ miles on it. My experience proceeded as such: I was driving along the highway at 55mph, the engine light came on, the car chimed and then the engine power stopped. I pushed the gas, but nothing happened. I put the car into neutral and coasted as far as I could until the car stopped in a safe place. Nothing happened when turning the key. I had the car towed to a local repair shop, they found the timing belt broke, so it was replaced along with the water pump. It's 11 months later and the 2.4 is still kicking with no damage at 164,000+ miles.Report it
Find a new mechanic. The 2.0L is an interference engine that can be destroyed by a broken timing belt. The 2.4L is not an interference engine and will NOT be destroyed if the belt breaks.Report it
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