Four cylinder two wheel drive automatic 120,000 miles.
This weekend I finally took on the task of changing my timing belt/water pump on my car it is the EX two door model.I also put in new spark plugs a drive belt. After putting it all back to together the car starts normal, but immediately sputters and shuts off. I think it might have backfired as well. There were no disturbing noises so I do not think the impacts that can ruin the engine are happening. I have a buddy that is pretty knowledgeable about auto work and he seemed to think that the timing is a bit off. So I have a couple of questions.
1. Does the timing being off result behavior I have described?
2. With this type of car can I use a timing light to check the timing? And if so where can I find the procedure for doing that? I have the simple repair/maintenance guide from Autozone, not the full blown repair manual.
3. With no distributor cap how do I adjust the timing if it is off?
have the same problem?
Wednesday, January 28th, 2009 AT 5:01 PM