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engine hand cranks but no cam gears spinning

Posted by Olrusty, Feb 3, 2011

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  1. Olrusty

    Olrusty Probationary Member

    Joined Feb 1, 2011
    Reno, Nevada
    Ok so im trying to get this 90 tsi to start. Earlier this week i posted that the car doesn't turn over . I tryed turning it over by hand and it starts turning but the cam gears and timing belt don't move. the crank is moving and so are the belts like the power steering - ac , and so on. Why isn't the timing belt moving? Someone please guide me in the right direction.
  2. rlacasse1

    rlacasse1 Proven Member

    Joined Jan 6, 2009
    Scott AFB, Illinois
    Becuase it's f*cked up. It either broke or sheared the teeth off. If it is still nice and tight then it probably sheared it. If it's loose, it's obviously broken. Or you're having issues with the tensioner, although I don't think it would be quite that bad.
  3. 4g63jojo

    4g63jojo Proven Member

    Joined Dec 4, 2010
    melmore, Ohio

    your timing belt is broke
  4. DSM1G90

    DSM1G90 Proven Member

    Joined Apr 6, 2008
    Nampa, Idaho
    I wouldn't crank that thing by hand anymore for some of the valves could be down and they will run into the pistons that are coming up and get bent all to crap ...

    Take the cam sprocket cover off and see where you're at for now....

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    1990 Plymouth Laser RS Turbo
    · 1G DSM
  5. Absit

    Absit Proven Member

    Joined Dec 19, 2002
    Davenport, Iowa
    Timing Belt and Crank Sprocket seem like good places to start..
  6. 1badpurple

    1badpurple Proven Member

    Joined Jul 15, 2010
    lillian, Alabama
    Chances are the teeth stripped off the timing belt. Pull the cover and take a look.
  7. dahawkster

    dahawkster Proven Member

    Joined Jan 9, 2011
    wailuku, Hawaii
    check the teeth on gears and belts
    Last edited: Feb 3, 2011

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    1995 Mitsubishi Eclipse GST
    fwd · manual · 2G DSM
  8. 954TalonTsi

    954TalonTsi Proven Member

    Joined Dec 10, 2007
    Ft.lauderdale, Florida
    Ive personally had this happen to me twice! The crankshaft sproket ate youe belts teeth(yummy oems goodness)Get a kevlar belt rebuid the head, cause your banging valves if you turn it over, maybe not by hand but good time for rebuild.

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    1990 Eagle Talon TSi AWD
    manual · 1G DSM
  9. daplatano91

    daplatano91 Proven Member

    Joined Apr 7, 2009
    brooklyn, New York
    Your oil pump seized and ripped the teeth off the timing belt. Happened to me last year check those valves :thumb:

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    1992 Eagle Talon TSi AWD
    11.58 @ 126.78 · 1G DSM
  10. Hitmachine101

    Hitmachine101 Proven Member

    Joined Nov 16, 2009
    Rochester NY, New York
    your timing belt is either snapped or the teeth are gone. Oil pump seizing is a good place to look like the guy above stated. if that spins freely ( once you get everything apart to take a look ) then next place to look is the tensioner, id look to make sure its in spec, if thats fine then the belt simply failed. Your heads valves are probably screwed. If im rebuilding personally id go with:

    new hydrolic tensioner
    OEM timing belt ( if you get the kevlar then you can use the belt for 120K miles but youll have to change all the other timing componets at 60k anyways, if your not going for outragious boost then whats the point?) Im sure other guys on the forum will disagree with me but thats my 2 cents
    New idol pullys for the timing belt
    new water pump while your in there ( assuming that wasnt done within the last 20k miles or 3 years )
    and do your self a favor, if you have the balance shaft belt then do that as well, or do the Balance shaft belt delete your choice
    As for you head, id rebuild that you can go with a used head but your relying on someone elses info to state that its any good. Your call, odds are that not every valve is bent, or hell maybe no valves are bent but thats the best case senerio.

    Im personally one of those guys that goes with the motto, if it aint broke dont fix it, but when it comes to timing componets and clutchs DO IT ONCE AND DO IT RIGHT, even if it costs a little more money

    good luck
  11. fstrthnu14

    fstrthnu14 Probationary Member

    Joined Jan 12, 2011
    Wells, Maine
    I couldn't agree more with hitman. I lost a timing belt a few weeks ago and banged a valve. I ended up doing a new head, full gasket set, timing and balance shaft belt, full timing component kit, harmonic balancer and all new drive belt. Perhaps I'm a bit anal but I had it apart and was around the maintenance intervals anyways.

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