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2002 Kia Spectra 65,000 manual

Replaced timing belt at home for maintenance. Now car will not start.

Starter will crank and I can see the engine turn with the timing cover off. I removed and reinstalled the timing belt making sure to align the marks. No change. I took it apart again and turned the crank 360 degrees thinking that somehow the timing was one full rotation off. Still car does not start.

Fuel pump runs and I get spark. What else can I test? What could have gone wrong? If I had the timing wrong initially and I bent a valve would that cause it to not start? Any diagnostic tips thank you.

Tuesday, August 7th, 2007 AT 1:28 AM

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  • Tiny
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Not good, it is an interference engine. IF it ran before you went after the belt, and everything is hooked back up, then it comes back to timing, unless you bent the valves. Sometimes it will still start but run rough. I haven't done a blet myself so I can't offer much otherwise.

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Friday, August 24th, 2007 AT 6:41 PM

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