Mechanics

ENGINE CRANKS BUT WON'T TURN OVER

Toyota Camry

1998 Toyota Camry with 75,000 miles. 4 cylinder. Car was in the driveway idling when I heard a loud sound coming from the pulley area of the belts. Then fluid started leaking from the same area. Turned the car off and the fluid continued to drain. Quite a bit of fluid. It was clear with an oily texture. Oil fine, antifreeze fine, brake and steering fine, transmission fluid fine. I was thinking a busted water pump. The car cranks well but won't turn over. Can a busted water pump prevent the car from turning over?
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Bill s
September 4, 2007.




Hi there,

Your water pump may have failed and damaged the engine timing belt. You will have to remove the timing belt covers and inspect for any damage.

Mark (mhpautos)

Mhpautos
Sep 4, 2007.
That is what I was thinking. Is it that the timing belt breaks first, then the water pump? Just curious.

I'd still like to know if anyone has other thoughts.

Tiny
Bill s
Sep 5, 2007.
Hi there,

If the timing belt failed it will not affect the water pump, it just won't drive it that's all, I feel that the water pump bearing has failed and collapsed, with this, the pump drive pulley will be miss aligned with the idler, cam & crankshaft gears/ pulleys and the belt has walked off or failed as a result.

Mark (mhpautos)

Mhpautos
Sep 5, 2007.
Thanks mhpautos. I appreciate your insight. I'll let you know the problem when I find out.
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Tiny
Bill s
Sep 6, 2007.
Mark.

The waterpump busted, which in turn, tore-up the timing belt. 4 hours of labor isn't cheap. Damn.

Tiny
Bill s
Sep 10, 2007.

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