I was driving my 1993 celica gts liftback, and the engine just cut out. I could't get it to start up so I towed it to my mechanic.
He told me that the timing belt had broken and I would have to get the belt replaced and a new water pump to see if the engine would even work again. He only gave my car a 10% chance that the engine would work after the belt was replaced.
If anyone has experience with timing belts breaking and the effect on the engine I would greatly appreciate any advice. Is the engine really most likely blown?
a lot of the Toyota engine's are non-interference, so you should be okay. I would say that the chance of the valves being bent/hitting the pistons on your engine are about 60%. Not as bad as some others I've seen, but that is still a high percentage.
Rest assured the 5sfe is non-interfering.. I had my timing belt snap about 4 months ago, pulled the motor to do other miscellaneous repairs and rebuilds.. Mine broke at about 50mph.. Took the head off, no bent valves.