Broke timing belt

Asked by May 17, 2017 at 06:47 PM about the 2005 Dodge Stratus

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

What about an 05 Dodge Stratus? Is the engine
junk when the timing belt goes?

5 Answers

152,365

That all depends on how fast it was turning when it let loose, usually for sure you bent at least one valve, other damages might include broken valve wedging itself in a piston causing it to break scouring the block pieces flying around damaging the combustion chamber in the head or even cracking the head itself. In all my years I have only seen one interference engine that broke a timing belt and didn't damage itself, it was at idle and the fella had just turned the key off when it went, could not verify but I think it may have went backwards slightly during shut down and that was the only thing that saved it. So if you want to find out for sure you can either rent a bore scope and look inside each cylinder looking for bent or broken valves or put a new timing belt on it and see if the engine has any compression. I wish you the best of luck.

1 people found this helpful.
40,005

good answer...you can remove the valve covers..put a socket on the balancer and turn the engine after you change the belt..and watch for full travel of the springs/valves.

1 people found this helpful.

Thanks that helps. I could have more to fix than a broken timing belt. All I know is they were driving it when it went, I am buying the car n needed to know if it is worth fixing, cause the rest of the car is in good shape.

111,875

Probably not worth fixing this engine because of the damage caused like tennisshoes says. More than likely it is a interference engine meaning the valves would hit the pistons...2.4L DOHC Non-Interference (Valves may hit if camshafts turn out of time) • 2.4L SOHC Interference, 2.7L Interference • 3.0L SOHC 12 Valve Engine Non-Interference • 3.0L DOHC Interference • 3.0L SOHC 24 Valve Engine Interference

2 people found this helpful.
30,845

Skip the unknown unless your a heck of a mechanic, or just replace engine if you have a lead on one same year & model for fair price. Look at it like this if it broke at idle they would of fixed it themselves or took to a shop otherwise they may have broke it 5000 rpm's and time to walk away and sell it and to get the best price for it they act dumb saying "I do not know".

2 people found this helpful.

Your Answer:

Stratus

Looking for a Used Stratus in your area?

CarGurus has 4 nationwide Stratus listings and the tools to find you a great deal.

Postal Code:

Dodge Stratus Experts

  • #1
    Chris Daigle
    Reputation
    710
  • #2
    curry22
    Reputation
    600
  • #2
    hatterha
    Reputation
    600
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Chevrolet Impala
37 Great Deals out of 1,008 listings starting at $2,995
Used Chrysler Sebring
144 listings starting at $2,999
Used Honda Accord
26 Great Deals out of 1,740 listings starting at $1,995
Used Nissan Altima
47 Great Deals out of 1,672 listings starting at $2,500
Used Honda Accord Coupe
13 Great Deals out of 202 listings starting at $2,990
Used Dodge Durango
30 Great Deals out of 1,212 listings starting at $4,500
Used Honda Civic
88 Great Deals out of 5,929 listings starting at $3,695
Used Ford Taurus
23 Great Deals out of 381 listings starting at $4,500
Used Chrysler 300
30 Great Deals out of 925 listings starting at $4,499
Used Mitsubishi Eclipse
37 listings starting at $3,950
Used Dodge Neon
9 listings
Used Honda CR-V
49 Great Deals out of 4,402 listings starting at $410
Used Dodge Charger
41 Great Deals out of 929 listings starting at $4,995
Used Jeep Grand Cherokee
53 Great Deals out of 4,875 listings starting at $3,499

Used Cars for Sale

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use. Content will be removed if CarGurus becomes aware that it violates our policies.