While driving up a bridge my engine killed, I made it to the top and was able to coast down to safety. No noise of warning happened it just killed. When I tried to start it it sounds like the fly wheel is not catching or just spinning freely or like there is no compustion I suspect it is the timing belt. I have been told that there is no way to tell if internal engine damage has occurred until I spend the money to put a new timing belt on. Is this true? Would I have heard any noise (from the pistons and rods or anything)? I do not have money to gamble with on a possible fix. Can anyone please Help Me?
Yah it sounds like timing belt. The damage referred to is bent valves. You can check them by taking off valve cover and checking clearences on rockers. Any excessive clearence is a bent valve. This would require head removal to fix.