Car died going down the road. After a few hours of trying to figure out what was wrong we found out it was the timing belt. Took it to a shop, they fixed the timing belt, tensioner etc etc. After 4 days of them having my van they tell me now we have a problem with the idle. The car will not keep running because of the idle. They did a pressure test on valves 1, 2 and 4. They could not test 3 because of some kind if sleeve in there. Anyways, I have searched everywhere and everything tells me that we probably have a bent valve. It also says if we have a bent valve we do not want to drive it because we risk causing further damage. I told the mechanic this and he said no it could not cause further damage.
My question is, is this mechanic a liar or what? If I drive this with a bent value, will I damage my engine and turn this van into a hunk of junk? Is it possible it has more damage than what this guy is testing for? HELP!!!
He said he is going to do something with the timing to “clean it up” so it will idle smoother but does not suggest we run it long distances. Sounds fishy to me! He knows we can not afford more than the $500 he already charged us for this. grrrrr
this engine is an interfernce engine which means it is very likely that your engine has a bent valve. If this is the case, the bent valves will need to be repalced before the vehicle is driven. Driving the vehcile with a bent valve will cause more damage.