Which cars and trucks that have throwaway motors? I was one payment from finishing my debt on a 2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser and my timing belt came off. Immediately, my valves were destroyed. I would not want to buy another engine like that. I am now $20,000 in debt buying another car. (Toyota Corolla)
Oh no, sorry to hear this!
Use this as a lesson: always read the owner’s manual to see what maintenance items are required at what mileage/time interval.
While few (very few?) engines in the last decade still run a timing belt with an interference setup, I still default to modern engines being of the throwaway variety. (For reasons discussed here and here.)
Your case aside, that isn’t a bad thing. It’s cheaper to buy a factory reconditioned or junkyard engine than to rebuild, machine, and replace torque-to-yield bolts on modern engines.
I am confident all Corollas in the last decade used timing chains (go ahead and correct me, Best and Brightest) but read the owner’s manual to ensure you’ll get years of healthy motoring.
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