I bought my car a couple months ago and it had a power steering problem. Since I spent all my money on the car to purchase it, I had to wait to by the part and install it. I now have the part but now I have a major problem. The power steering belt would squeal when attempting to start the car, so we would just bump the ignition switch to get the car to start with out the belt squealing. Iwas attempting to start my car in the bumping process when I heard a loud pop (firecracker loud) come from the car. The car still started but the belt was still squealing so I cut the car off then tried to cut it back on again and I heard another loud pop. After that the engine was completely dead. The only thing you can see working is the dash lights and the ding-ding sounds. When you attempt to start it, you can hear the starter engage but nothing from the engine. I have had a timing belt problem in the past, Could it have been possible to snap the timing belt by the bumping process? I neep help and am totally clueless as to what to do. Reccomendations would be greatly appreciated. P.S.- I have already looked in my haynes manual and completed all the troubleshooting symptoms there for the engine not starting. P.P.S> When I bought the car they had just put a new timing belt on it. If you guys help me find whats wrong with the car, then I would be more than happy to make a considerable donation to the site. Thank all of you for your time, it is greatly appreciated!
Sunday, December 17th, 2006 AT 12:51 PM