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Timing belt breaks, engine is no good
By chris on
1996 Mazda B-Series Pickup B2300 SE 2dr Extended Cab SB
I was beyond shocked to find out that my engine was no good after my timing belt broke. My 1996 Mazda B2300 SE extended cab pickup broke the timing belt at engine idle. The mechanic informed me that the 2.3 liter engines in these pickups are considered to be interference engines, which means when the timing belt breaks, the pistons will destroy the and bend the valves in the engine, making the engine useless.
There's a service interval for the timing belts on all vehicles equipped with a timing belt. They do not usually break unless the vehicle is overloaded or you rapidly rev the engine. Otherwise, the belt is simply regular maintenance and should be replaced.