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Turbo-charging .9 Liter Elio Engine

Jambe

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"We are using a timing belt to optimize the engine’s reliability."

I thought they were using a timing chain. There is a difference between a belt and chain isn't there? :)
 
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from "November 4, 2016 Answers to This Week’s Questions" on the ElioMotors.com home page:

"What are the details of the Elio engine?

The 3 cylinder Elio engine is an inline, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, interference engine. We are using a timing belt to optimize the engine’s reliability. Not only that, our engine is designed with sequential fuel injection to deliver the fuel, which helps improve our gas mileage!"

I hope this is a mistake from some misinformed marketing moron! All of the engine photos I've seen to date clearly point to an internal lubricated timing CHAIN. Timing belts are not nearly as reliable and will lead to catastrophic engine damage in an interference engine when they break. It's just a matter of time! Yes, they can be replaced preventively, but the '90s are over.

Someone please set me straight...

Thanks, Fredio
 
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Welcome to the forum, Fredio, from a Hazzard County neighbor! :D (Don't forget to vote! :usa2:)

Current opinion is it's likely a misstatement by a marketing-type at Elio. The engine will have a timing chain.

That said, you may have been asleep since the ninety's. ;) Yes, timing belts were not as reliable as claimed when they were first widely used (60k actual vs 100k claimed), but experience and technology have greatly improved. Now they really are good for well over 100k miles just like chains. And while not trivial, they sure are easier to replace than chains. Cheaper too. Replace them when the owner's manual says to (or sooner) and they will never be the failure point.
 

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The ford Fiesta 1L uses a belt in an oil bath. Ford claims "life time" guarantee. IIRR
I bet it's just the belt that is warrantied. But when it fails there's a ton of other shit that's got to get replaced. Bet the warranty doesn't cover all of that!
 
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