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Old 24 Jul 2010, 01:48 pm
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Default Broke down 4 hours from home. Ideas?

We were heading to Georgia from South Carolina and as I exited the highway the car just cut off. No stumbling, just as if the ignition was turned off. We left the car in a parking lot overnight, then towed it to a friend's house.

The car won't start. Motor turns over but won't crank. We pulled the codes, got a P0340 and replaced the Camshaft Sensor figuring it was faulty, didnt help.

We can hear the fuel pump turn on, I pulled a plug, we seem to get getting fuel, we just don't seem to be getting spark. We held a screwdriver inside the spark plug boot but don't seem to be getting any spark.

We replaced the coil, still nothing. Any suggestions?
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Old 24 Jul 2010, 02:02 pm
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TIMING BELT
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Old 24 Jul 2010, 02:07 pm
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Default Re: Broke down 4 hours from home. Ideas?

If you are close to 100K, definitely timing belt.
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Old 25 Jul 2010, 09:30 am
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Its at 84K which still seems lame for a timing belt's lifespan.

Well, I popped the belt cover open so I could see the belt and the top two pulleys. Had someone try to start it while I was looking at it, the top two pulleys didnt turn at all so I can only assume the belt is broken somewhere south of the cam pulleys? There still was a lot of tension on the belt which seemed strange if the belt broke though. Wouldnt I be able to wiggle the belt a little?
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Old 25 Jul 2010, 11:29 am
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The belt should be tight anywhere you can reach it. I would think you could grab the belt and pull it out if it was broke.
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The belt is toothed, so you can't just pull on it like a smooth belt.
The fact that the cam gears didn't turn when engine was turned over is proof that the belt broke...
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Old 27 Jul 2010, 02:33 pm
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Default Re: Broke down 4 hours from home. Ideas?

Sure enough it was the timing belt. It had stripped teeth in two spots so it was still taught because it didnt break, but it wasnt doing it's job. The top end seems to be fine and it's back on the road.

Thanks for the help!
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