The fourth generation Volkswagen Jetta, also called the MK4 or the Bora, is Volkswagen's family sedan.

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Timing belt on my 2002 Volkswagen Jetta

So I was driving down a parking ramp and my timing belt broke I immediately coasted into a parking stall and turned my car off once it died are my valves still bent?

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Ryan, due to the limited clearance between valves and pistons you will not know if they are bend unless you check it by removing the cylinder head or performing a leak down test.

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What you need to know is what motor is in this car before you make any kind of decision on damage. If the engine is a 1.8 turbo then no damage as it is considered a non interference engine under no circumstance will the valves hit the cylinder head. Even if the timing belt break the 2.0 is a different story as it is an interference engine and the valves will top of the cylinder head if the belt breaks.

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by the way a leak down test is the easiest way to know without disassembling the engine.

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For future individuals who stumble onto this thread. The 1.8t is absolutely an interference engine. Very expensive and you will have some valves bent 100% of the time usually 80-100% of the valves being damaged. Head will likely need to be replaced not rebuilt if a timing belt breaks in the 1.8t. The 2.0 petrol is also interference but people sometimes get lucky and have no damage when a timing belt breaks. Most of the time they are also damaged.

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your valves will be fine.

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Sunny, how do you know without checking?

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Ya I agree they need to be checked

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drive around a find out, i been driving my car with check engine light on for as long as i can remember.

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Check engine light has nothing to do with the damage a broken timing belt can cause. Driving it without a prior inspection could further damage the engine.

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