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I have a 1982 Volvo 244 turbo. the timing belt has slipped and needs to be replaced. My problem is whether or not my car has an interference engine. The mechanic that has the car says yes, another mechanic has looked it up in the Motor Manual and says yes. However, 2 volvo specialists that I have called say it is a NON-interference engine. I have got to get to the bottom of this, because if damage has been done to the valves and head, I will not replace the belt, I will just sell the car for parts and get over it. But if all i need to do is replace the belt and re-time the engine, then of course I want to do that!

Does anyone know for sure on this, and why is there conflicting information? Please help me get to the bottom of this, because I am not putting $1500+ into this vehicle.

Thank you in advance for your responses,
Jennifer
 

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I have had 4 Volvo 240, but none were turbos. The non-turbo cars are non-interference. I have had a belt break on the freeway with no engine damage, the car just stopped running. I hope the $1500 you are talking about is not just the cost of replacing the belt, because that is WAY too much. Take the car to a good independent shop/mechanic.
 
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