LEFT HOME GOT BOUT A MILE DOWN THE ...

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  • bonezz777
  • 1997 Ford Escort
  • 95,000 miles

Left home got 'bout a mile down the road, Hear{flapity-flapity-flapity} Thought front tire comming apart, pulled over to check tires, as I look at 1st tire{drvr, frt} the Engine dies, so I pop the hood & See the Serpentine Belt has broke and is wrapped around the crankshaft, harmonicballancer, said some foul words. Had car towed back home. Relaced belt, ok lets fire it up; Nope turns over wont run, I look hard and find that the busted belt-hit the CSPS, so I replaced that. Ok, lets try this agin. Nope, turns over wont Run?I checked FIRE/FUEL and even removed 3bolts from Valve Cover{to See "if"} maybe timming belt broke too? Just a thought.'Cause it SOUNDS unusual Like? No compression/dragging?/Hanging?/Had this car for yrs For the most part, this car is Sound, even checked all fuses?Help Please. Tim {352}598-1436

Sunday, January 13th, 2013 AT 2:04 PM

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  • ASEMaster6371
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What component locked up to break the serp belt. It does not do this without a failure in something in the front.

After this is determined, go back to the crank sensor. Make sure the wiring and sensor itself is not damaged.

Lastly, do a compression test to verify if the timing belt is good.

Roy

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Sunday, January 13th, 2013 AT 2:19 PM
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Thank You for Your reply; the belt broke from old age/oil saturation. Powerstearing leak. All pullys free. Has fire, fuel, valves open/shut. Compression? Dont know. Makes No since, runs tight, untill belt broke.

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Sunday, January 13th, 2013 AT 2:29 PM
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You can rent a compression gauge at a parts store and follow the instructions.

Check the fuel pressure as well.

Roy

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Sunday, January 13th, 2013 AT 2:31 PM
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Hi Roy, I'm 30 miles from anything, fire is strong jumps 2inches when tested. Question: is there a possiability, that when belt broke, hit the CSPS it "caused the Computor" to 'shut down' in a? Safty mode? I took bat. Cables off for 20min. To try & reset, Didnt work.

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Sunday, January 13th, 2013 AT 2:38 PM
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Nope. But if you have spark, the crank sensor is ok.

I still think you have a timing belt issue from your description

Roy

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Sunday, January 13th, 2013 AT 2:42 PM
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I replaced CSPS, other got wacked by shredding belt, all was OK untill then? When motor turns over w/key it sounds weak/strange, just dosnt sound normal, had car for yrs, I know it normally dont Sound this way? The Serp breaking Shouldn't affect the Timming, would it? Thanks.

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Sunday, January 13th, 2013 AT 2:52 PM
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One of the pulleys or tensioner in the timing belt area may have locked up. The serp belt breaks for a reason.

Remove the front cover and take a look

Roy

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Sunday, January 13th, 2013 AT 2:55 PM
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Okay, I just went out to car removed belt just in case to free up any possiable seized up pullys. Did spin a lil free'er but Still dont Run? And this lil sideways motor. They give you about 2inches of Work space between engine and Fenderwell. Say I Do take off timming Cover, what am I looking for? Timming marks? Jumped time? Just was running Too good, for all this to happen Over a serp belt?

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Sunday, January 13th, 2013 AT 3:34 PM
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Roy, I took the timing cover off what a pain the belt and tentioner was bad, is there a picture some where, or a easy position of the crank and cam timing marks? Tim

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Monday, January 14th, 2013 AT 7:46 PM
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Yep, I am at work will get it to you soon

Roy

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Monday, January 14th, 2013 AT 8:10 PM

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