1993 960 Volvo - broken timing belt

Discussion in 'Volvo 960' started by zoraster, Jun 6, 2008.

  1. zoraster

    zoraster Guest

    I have been offered a 1993 volvo 960 with a "broken timing belt"
    in exchange for some web design work on the owner's web site.

    My question is "what happens to the valves when a timing belt breaks,
    the engine is still turning and the cam isn't. Is it possible valves have
    have been bend? or is there enough clearance on these engines to save the
    valves? anyone have any experience with this make and model?

    I was actually going to purchase the car from him, since it is
    in really excellent shape. It is clean in and out. Now, I don't
    know if I am looking at major engine work.

    zoraster, Jun 6, 2008
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    James Sweet Guest

    You're certainly looking at major engine work. Unlike the 4 cylinder in
    the 940, the inline 6 cylinder in the 960 is an interference engine.
    I've seen the results of a broken belt on a few 960s, last one I saw
    suffered 22 bent valves. Often valve guides need to be replaced as well,
    and it isn't unheard of for pistons to be damaged to the point of
    needing replacement. Generally when the belt breaks on one of these, the
    car is considered totaled. If you can do some of the work yourself
    though you can have a very nice ride for a reasonable price, but I
    wouldn't pay more than a few hundred dollars for it since the repair
    will be from several hundred to several thousand depending on whether
    you have to pay someone to do it for you or not.

    Moral of the story, if you have a 960, change your timing belt on time!!
    James Sweet, Jun 6, 2008
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  3. yes, major work required as james advised.....have an indenpendent
    volvo shop give you an estimate,,,i would guess $1,000 - 2,000...
    ~^ beancounter ~^, Jun 6, 2008
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    Roadie Guest

    A broken 15 year old car as payment for your service does not seem
    like a very good deal to me. Even if the valves and pistons were not
    damaged. Indeed, counting the cost of repairs you could in effect be
    paying money for the right to do the web work.
    Roadie, Jun 6, 2008
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