Car won't start - could it be a loose timing belt?
April 16, 2011 12:47 PM Subscribe
Rainy day + Replaced timing belt (2005) that's loose + Car won't start.
Could it be the loose timing belt or just a wet distributor cap?
posted by bitteroldman to Travel & Transportation (10 answers total)
I drive a 2000 Daewoo Lanos. The odometer is at about 120,000 km (75,000 miles), and I changed the timing belt at about 96,000 km (60,000 miles) in 2005.
A few days ago, I had an inspection done on the car, and they told me that the timing belt seemed to be loose, but because of the car's make and the fact that it hasn't been made in a long time, they don't know if this is the correct tension.
Fast forward to today - it's pretty rainy. I drove the car about 0.5 mile and parked it on the street, no incident.
Got out of the car, picked up my lunch, and got back in, all in less than 5 minutes.
But this time, when I turned the key, I hear nothing. No cranking whatsoever.
Now a similar thing happened to me a few years ago after a particular rainy day - in this case, the car started fine a few hours later after the rain stopped (maybe it was moisture in the distributor cap).
But now, I have the words of the mechanic echoing in my brain, and I read a few horror stories about killing the engine when the timing belt breaks, so I am a bit wary about trying to start the engine.
Could it be possible that in the time that I parked the car and turned off the engine, the timing belt somehow got completely loose? Or could this be the same thing that happened to me a few years ago, where perhaps some moisture got into the distributor cap?