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Old 08-16-2008, 10:59 PM   #1
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Post Car won't start, timing belt? help please

ok i'll try to explain as good as i can.
driving to work, the car was dying, like about to stall from being in 6th at low speed/low rpm, so i downshifted to 4th, i pressed the gas and car was very weak, so i put it in 3rd, at this time car was already dead, so i popped the clutch with no luck so i pulled over. the only thing i see is that there is a little slack on the timing belt. i went back in the car and tried cranking again i hear the starter but sound like is not engaging the flywheel,.
question: if the timing belt skipped a tooth or 2 and threw the timming off, will the car still crank or there is a sensor that won't allow it to so it doesn't damage anything?
i could take the starter out and get tested but when i tried push starting the car it didn't start either so that's my concer.
it's an svt with 126k on the odo.
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Old 08-16-2008, 11:31 PM   #2
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Well you could always pull off the oil cap and see if the cams are turning while you crank. Although the svt is an interferance motor so that might be bad news to keep cranking on it.
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Old 08-16-2008, 11:35 PM   #3
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well, i don't have a timing belt cover so i can see that the belt/cam pullies are not turning, but i can hear the starter like is not engaging...
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So let me get this right from what you wrote:

You turn the key, but the engine does not turn, and the car died while you were driving?

As far as the timing belt theory goes, it should be very tight, if it's not, then your tensioner is bad, and yes, it could've skipped a few teeth and would not start after that. However, it would crank, sputter, but not start. Maybe your problem is not related to the timing belt at all- try tracing down the negative cable on your battery. It should be connected near the starter. One FF had problems with the wires melting in half due to being too close to the EGR tube. This would explain why it died, why the timing belt is still there, and why you can't get it started.

Interior lights and things will still work because there are other connections to the body, and engine. However, none of these grounds are large enough to handle the load of the starter motor.
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Old 08-17-2008, 07:24 AM   #5
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yeah all i hear is the starter but maybe the bendix is not kicking out. i'll start with that, and the wireing and i'll check the timing marks
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Old 04-09-2009, 10:14 PM   #6
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My Focus was SPLUTTERING AS WELL AND i changed the fuel filter ,was full of water like mud puddle ,thought the problem was gone ,NOT ! so then i got a dist cap and new spark plug wires ,the cap was the wrong one so I just changed the wires ,yes ""that was it ,runs excellent ,until today ,when it just quit ,??? coming home from work cost me 50 bucks to tow ,thought it could be the timing belt cause i thought i heard a coiling sound just before it stopped running ,i have to start checking everything tomorrow ,this sucks .
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Gah this thread makes me paranoid, i dont want my foci just quitting on me and never cranking back up 0.0
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I just had the same thing happen to me. Driving in 4th gear around 2,500 RPMS car dies like it ran out of gas try to start but wont start motor is turning over. Try to coast start wont start try the key again and now it sounds like the starter is not engaging on the fly wheel. WHATS UP!!

I did just replace the plugs, cleaned the air filter and the throttle 60 miles ago. The car was running GREAT.
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try rocking the car back and forth in gear then try to start it again.
also take a look at the timing belt, mine lost 13 teeth and it got down to the crank pulley was too many teeth meesing to grab the gear and bent all the valves...
best of luck with it
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Thanks Javier I have a feeling I am going to find the same thing. I have owned the car for 2 weeks.
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