Won't start,was told timing chain was broken but not sure
Car was running fine,,then wouldn't start...was told it was the rotor button,replaced that still nothing,it will wind over but will not start
I was just told it needed a timing chain,I need help with this please anyone who may know what else I can try,can't not afford to put in shop
it's a 1994 mazda 323 4 cyclinder automatic
Re: Won't start,was told timing chain was broken but not...
I HAVE THE SAME CAR! ...and same problem.... After 4 days of jerking around.... I found the problem...
1) pull off the distributor cap... --- hang it AWAY from the distributor
2) get in the car and KICK IT OVER....
3) If the distributor base does not turn, you have a bad timing belt
(NOT A PROBLEM, cause it is a non-interference motor -- CONSIDER YOURself lucky!)
4) if it does turn, most likely it is the IGNITOR (or ignition control module) -- $90 at Checkers....
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is it getting gass if u got spark to the plug's it should start.dump alittle gas down carb or throttle body making sure to replace air cleaner or snorkle and try and start.if starts could be fuel pump.
Did the timing belt break? Are you 100% that it is "in time" correctly? Does it spin over effortlessly? If so,do a compression check,and make sure you dont have any bent/broken valves,or blown head gasket.
Have you checked for a broken timing chain, that would be the next step. Make sure number one cylinder is up on compression stroke when the timing mark is on 0 degrees BTDC on the crank pulley. Pull the plug and feel the pressure as it nears TDC.
Technically, timing chains are designed and built to last the entire life of the engine. So in theory, you should replace it only when it's broken. However, if the chain breaks while your engine is running, it could wreak considerable havoc, so waiting for a break isn't the best practical strategy. Before a timing chain breaks there are signs of wear, and it isn't hard to check for them. If your Jeep Cherokee is showing some of the signs, it is time to replace the timing chain.
Timing Chain Function
The timing chain connects the camshaft to the crankshaft via a gear system so that the top and bottom ends of the engine rotate together. If the timing chain has stretched and is skipping teeth, the timing will be thrown off badly, causing the Cherokee to run inefficiently, if at all. If the timing chain breaks altogether, the Jeep's engine will simply shut off, and many valve train components can be damaged in the process.
Remove the distributor cap on the Cherokee's engine so that you can see the rotor. Then rotate the engine by hand with a wrench on the crank pulley very slowly. The rotor should begin to rotate with the engine almost immediately. If there is any delay, it is likely that the timing chain is stretched and needs to be replaced.
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I had a nasty 'rattle' in the front of my engine on an older truck of mine (around 190,000 miles) and it was the timing chain. The guide for the chain had broken and caused my timing chain to rub against the front cover and start eating it's way out (the rattle). Got it fixed, new chain and replaced the front cover as well and everything is fine. Good luck, I hope this helps.
It would be wise to check the timing and see if timing belt may have jumped or if it has a chain same thing. Also make sure if vehicle is getting fuel and spark first if this is ok then check the timing belt or chain. have someone spin engine and watch the rotor inside distributor and see if it turns. If not belt or chain is broken. If it does turn make sure it is in proper position. Fuel and Spark and then timing.
You are saying that the engine will crank or turn over but will not start? If so then you must fine out if the engine has both fuel and spark. after that you can get into the right direction. You can use starting fluid to see is there is a fuel issue. Read the directions on the can. Using too much can harm you and/or your engine.
Do you have a "no start" based on fuel, ignition, or engine problems? All of these are required to be good to start an engine. Must check for spark at plugs. If o/k check fuel pressure at fuel rail.If o/k check engine copression.