I just nursed my wifes car home from the side of the road. It died out of the blue and will not start at idle. It will not run unless i'm halfway into the gas pedal (about 2000 rpm) and is making a loud ticking noise or noises from the valve cover. The plugs and plug wires are less than a month old. I though fuel filter until I heard the valvetrain noise. I tried pulling plug wires but its hard to tell because it is difficult to keep a constant rpm. It does sound like cylinders 1 and 4 made no difference when I pulled the wires though. No blue smoke from the exhaust and no coolant in the oil from what I can tell. The oil does smell very strong of gasoline. I will check spark and fuel pressure tomorrow, but I'm thinking skipped timing. What do you think? Anything else that fits the bill? Also, how big of a job is replacing the belt on the 2.2L if that turns out to be the problem?
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Thanks in advance,
Sunday, November 18th, 2012 AT 9:15 PM