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Vw polo Broken timming Belt

I have a 1997 VW polo 1.6 engine .my timing belt broke and had a newone replaced but now I have no energy in the car and sound that comesfrom the engine is popping,Could I have have lost some valves ??????

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  • Jaime Magnetico May 19, 2009

    I have the same problem with my 1997 Volkswagen Polo Classic. The compression is 120 psi, there is current coming from the spark plugs, it's feeding fuel to the power module. But when set at ignition it can not start. My mechanic analyzed that it has a wrong timing of firing & could not produce combustion in the piston chamber. He tried to adjust but to know avail. Please, help me on how to adjust the timing correctly.

  • Jaime Magnetico May 20, 2009

    My 1997 Volkswagen Polo, the timing was set correctly. But still can not start. My mechanic observed that the air intake is low or lower than normal. Could this be the cause of the problem. If so, why low air intake and what are the possible causes and remedy. Thanks, for any solution you can provide.


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Did you check the compression? If the compression is low then the most probable cause is the valves bent. Means the head has to come off.
If the compression is ok then have you got the HT leads on the right way or is the ignition timing ok. Check the resistance in the leads they have a tendancy to break down.

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Hello be sure that the new belt was instaled right and all the marks aligned perfect Isvery easy to miss the timing marks , if thebelt and timing marks are ok ,Is very comon in v w to bend valves when the belt get broken,now the only way to know is by removing the cilinder head ....good luck.......,

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Check the coil controll modual locacted on top of the air cleaner. If its bad, the coils could be firing at the wrong time.

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