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.