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95 wont start after breaking serpentine belt

Discussion in '2nd Gen 1991-1996 1.9L SOHC' started by Cody White, Mar 25, 2020.

  1. Cody White

    Cody White FEOA Member

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    I have a 95 with the 1.9. I put a new power steering pump on a couple weeks ago. Though noisy, it drove flawlessly. Well, I was headed home and the accessory belt broke. Heard it slap and new immediately what it was. Threw it in N, shut the car off, and coasted into my driveway. No problem, I have a new belt in the hatch! Went to install, and saw the old belt wrapped itself around the crank pulley about 5-6 times. Pulled all the strands out, installed new belt, then car wont start. I got a new crank sensor from Auto Zone, checked fuel pressure (35-40), checked compression(150 across the board), fuel pump is priming. Motor is turning. Sprayed ether, wont start. Car has 92,000 miles and timing was just done less than 10k miles ago. I would love to keep it. But I gotta figure this out!
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    you may have damage your crank sensor.
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    austin86 That nut who spends way to much on a escort.

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    OK just making sure, the crank sensor from Auto Zone, You installed it amd the car cranks over right?
    Do you have any codes on the ECU? CEL on?
    Id check for codes and look around the motor bay for any other damaged parts the belt mat have hit when it broke.
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    The sensor has been replaced since it happened. But even after installing new one, tach does not move when trying to start.
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    Yes, after installing new sensor, it tries to start. Just wont. I believe this car is OBD1, and I have no experience with it. Have no dash lights to my knowledge.
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    Also, I cant find any wires that look damaged. I've checked top and bottom on my lift. Can see where the belt slapped the bottom of the hood, but seems to be the worst of the damage.
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    austin86 That nut who spends way to much on a escort.

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    austin86 That nut who spends way to much on a escort.

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    33 should not stop it from starting. 133? I not seen that one before.
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    If the original crank sensor is not damaged keep it. I would trust the OE one over a crappy aftermarket one.
    Check the wiring for the crank sensor. It could be damaged.
    Rookie move to replace a sensor without checking the wiring in this situation. Crank sensors pretty much don't go bad on this car.
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    Do you have spark?
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    Have you checked the line up marks on crank and cam again?
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    Ive checked the wiring all the way up and down. No damage. All the protective casing for the wires is still intact.
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    Yes, have spark. I have everything you should need to start a car, it just wont start. I have a ford master mechanic stopping by that has a scanner that will read this thing and see what I come up with.
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    I am also suspicious that somehow your timing was thrown off.
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    Wouldn't it be indicative that valve timing is good if all cylinders are firing at near identical compression?
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    I don't know. But IIRC there are timing marks on the timing belt cover and you might be able to use an auto parts store loaner tool timing light to check it. I am not sure if the engine has to be running for that to work though. It's been several decades since I have used a timing light, and the one that I had broke long ago.
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    Take the crankshaft damper (a.k.a. harmonic balancer) off and check the backside for a widened key way notch. That would give you spark with all the timing marks on, but a crank with no start condition. This is somewhat common following a timing belt change because we fail to put the crank damper bolt to torque spec. Even though mechanical timing is all good, spark timing is off.
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