Has any one Not gotten Engine damage from broken timing belt while driving a 2005 Sonata?

Asked by Mar 13, 2019 at 07:19 AM about the 2005 Hyundai Sonata

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have 2005, Hyundai Sonata, V6,
2.7L Engine with 204,000 miles. I
was wondering if any one else, has
had their timing belt break while
driving (at 40 MPH) and NOT
sustained engine damage? I have
been told I have a Interference
Engine and those usually get major
damage, when the belt breaks while
driving. But I haven't had the engine
taken apart & examined. My Son's
say "Mom just go buy a new car" but
I like this one & don't really want a
different car, unless this one is for
sure a not worth repairing.

3 Answers


All cars with timing belts have a recommended time to replace the belt. If you are beyond this, you should do it and you WILL WITHOUT QUESTION experience engine damage that will economically make this car unrepairable. If you have had the belt changed and are experiencing no car troubles, why would you want to get another car?

Sorry if my question was confusing. I'll try to clarify it. My timing belt is broken. It broke while I was driving the car. So currently my car will not start. It turns over beautifully, but won't start. I have heard lots of people say they damaged their engines when that happened to them. I have not tore apart the motor yet, I'm trying to figure out if it is worth the time & energy to even look. 1.) I was wondering if any one else had a timing belt break on their 05 Hyundai Sonata 2.7 L, (while driving) & NOT SUSTAIN MAJOR DAMAGE? 2.) Does the fact, that I was only driving 40 MPH (vs 70 or 80 mph) lower my risk of how much damage my motor might have received? I had just changed out my spark plugs & wires that morning along with having the oil changed, the radiator flushed & engine flushed too. I was planning to do that timing belt next. I should have done my belt 1st, or not drove it again, until I had completed all the preventive maintenance task on my list.


It only takes one revolution of the engine to do all the damage that can be done: bent valves. If valves are just bent and there is no shattering, you won't have metal shards destroying the engine and valve replacement might be all you need to do. Have a compression test done to see if valves are OK. If low compression, have head removed to evaluate damage.

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