Should this timing belt be replaced?

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This came out of my Brother's '97 Corolla (1.6L). The belt was replaced not too long ago and wasn't near the recommended replacement mileage. The car itself has over 300K miles on it. Original engine....never been opened up. Seized belt tensioner. The belt was completely melted.
 
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Hopefully the belt was replaced more than once during the 300K miles. When it was replaced the 2nd time the tensioners should have been replaced.
 
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Sadly this happened to my 95 Neon. The bearing on the timing belt tensioner pulley seized when the engine was turning at about 4k rpm. The car had 150k on it at the time, and every valve in the head was bent. I didn't even have that much of the belt left! I pulled the head and had a local machine shop rebuild it, drove it for another 40k miles and sold it for $800.
 
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With the Japanese,the valves bend if the timing belt breaks.An used engine goes for at least $1,500.00 if you can find one.I know a wrecking that gets calls for the Corrolla engines and wished he had a lot of of them.The Corolla engines are not good engines
 

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This engine has had a few belt replacements in its life. Tensioner was replaced with the belt. No damage to the engine. Tensioner and belt failed at freeway speeds. This particular 1.6L engine is a non-interference engine. Replaced the tensioner and belt. Good to go.
 
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 Originally Posted By: wafrederick1
With the Japanese,the valves bend if the timing belt breaks.An used engine goes for at least $1,500.00 if you can find one.
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I know a wrecking that gets calls for the Corrolla engines and wished he had a lot of of them.The Corolla engines are not good engines
They are not the best in performance but are pretty good in fuel economy and build quality if not abused.
 
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