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Re: What broke?
At 02:52 PM 12/20/97 -0500, you wrote:
> Last night I was driving home when the engine quit. There was a little
>bit of clatter, then no power. Car was in 5th at about 60 mph. No big
>the car just lost power suddenly.
> After I pulled to the side of the road I tried to restart it. The
>starter would turn the engine, but there was no compression. Trailered the
>car home, assuming a broken timing belt. Which seemed odd because the
>only about 30K miles old.
> Just found out the timing belt is fine. The cam turns and operates the
>valves, the crank works (pistons move up & down), the distributor turns. I
>loosened the timing belt and put everything in time, even though it did not
>seem to be out. Still no compression on any of the cylinders.
> Basically, I don't have a clue here. If anyone can provide some help it
>would be greatly appreciated.
I had a similar problem and it turned out to be the wudruff (sp) key on the
crankshaft timing gear was broken. The crank would turn the gear would
slip for about 1 revolution and would then engage and turn the timing
belt, so it was actuating the camshaft and valves but at unpredictable
positions - could bend the valves if 20 v. Think of it as random VVT. The
gear was about 25 $, but since I was there I changed the TB and WP.
Hope that helps