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I was at a stop sign. As soon as I accelerated to go, the car turned off. No hesitation, no rumbles no sounds. It just turned off. Now the starter turns and engine tries to turn but the engine doesn't get going. Experience tells me this is the timing belt. However, what else should I look for first. I can't always remember everything that's happened to my cars in the past. The car is a 91 Escort LX with a bad transmission but runs. The engine was running perfectly until now. It has 109,000 miles. The second owner had it two years and never changed the belt. He does not know if the previous owner ever did. I was a week away from buying a junkyard tranny for it. The current AUTOMATIC tranny refuses to go into 3rd gear and hesistates before finally going into 2nd. It ran fine engine-wise, though. Tips, please. I have taking off that belt cover and even more changing the belt. I have done it on other cars before and it's a P.I.T.A.
 

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Did your pants fall down?
Anyway, one way to tell is if when you're cranking, you don't sense any compression. You don't hear the chugging rhythm. You ust hear the moto turning at a steady speed and no chugging felt in the car. I can't explain it, somebody help.
 

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Just open the oil cap and look inside with a small light. You can see the top of one of the cam lobes through the filler hole. Have someone turn the car over and watch to see if the cam lobe moves. If it doesnt, youve got a broken timing belt.
 

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Great! I will check that. Jessica Alba is a babe. However, if your wife looks like that on more than just two or three pictures then your wife is gorgeous and above Jessica Alba. Can we know what her ethnic background is? You know, where her dad and mom are from, etc. That's if you're not joking.
 

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Below is a copy & paste of what I put on the other forum too:

Well, I looked inside the oil cap hole and the little spring, etc, is not moving. Looks like that confirms the belt is toast. Ofcourse, a broken camshaft or something is possible but highly unlikely. The belt for my car is only $9 since the car was made before March of 2001. All 91 models made before that use a different belt(square vs. round teeth). I would gladly pay the $25 price to have someone else do it. I would pay $100 if someone else would do it. It's a $300+ job so it will be done by me, again. Yuk! Annoooooooooooooooooooying !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
What a waste of free time.

P.S. Your wife is gorgeous. However, the black & white picture makes her look exotic and the other pictures on the site don't make her look exotic. Just some of my opinion. However, she is drop-dead gorgeous. Now I would have to see Jessica and your wife w/o makeup. Obviously I can't get Jessica to do that. I have a feeling your wife will look better. No, please do not post a non-makeup pic. :D
 

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TitoElSpicco said:
you're gonna need to give us more than that, man. that could be anything from a coil to a fuel pump to a god knows what.
Actually if it shuts off like that it sounds like the timing belt went. I had the same experience. The car just...died. it's like three screws to pull the belt cover off, if it's not there, buy a new one and replace, then check recheck and rerecheck the timing. :)
 

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I never said I had already changed the belt on this car. It just happened yesterday. It's past midnight so I mean the day before yesterday. Anyway, these engines are non-interference so the belt's breaking will not cause the pistons to touch the valves. Thank the LORD almighty for that!
 
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