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Original timing belt gave out at 208,000 miles on a 1997 Mercury Village 3.0. Will the engine be ruined from this happening?

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This is an interference motor all depends on the driving situation when the belt broke. the valves may or may have not bent

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Hi I have a 93 mercury villager mechanic replaced water pump and belts but dnt think thy timed it wen I picked it was thn wen I brought it it first gt hot again then was driving engine shut down


Before entirely blaming the village mechanic I would guess the water pump was probably not the only thing wrong and either the failing water pump caused another fault, made another existing fault worse or perhaps wasn't the original fault causing the symptoms.

Water pumps are very reliable and mostly only two things go wrong; either the bearing begins to fail and becomes noisy or the seal wears out and they begin to leak. Mostly these two things happen together but neither prevents the pump from pumping as long as the coolant level is kept topped up and so overheating and other symptoms cannot directly be caused by the water pump.
There have been a few isolated cases of the pump impeller falling off but that is very rare and something I have seen only once in forty years.

If a leaky pump caused the coolant level to fall significantly the engine could overheat and it is that overheating that tends to cause subsequent symptoms that need further diagnosis.
Overheating can shift large quantities of sediment from the engine block which can block a radiator. Overheating can damage thermostats, sensors and cylinder head gaskets. A damaged cylinder head gasket can soon cause lots more symptoms and eventually write-off and engine.

It is possible your village mechanic didn't time the engine correctly but on the face of things all he is guilty of is not testing the car thoroughly enough after his repair. Often this is caused by a lack of good communication between the owner and repairer.

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Whats the gas pressure of a 97 mercury village


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go to yahoo group for villaer-quest owners.

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My 97 mercury villager started slowing down and then it cut off. Put oil and transmisson fluid in it and it wouldn't stay crunk for long. Now it doesn't crank at all. ???


See if this sounds familiar: Just driving down the road and all of the sudden it just started losing power and you step on the gas and nothing happened? It dies, had to pull to the side of the road, it cranks over but won't start?
Answer 1) This is indicative of a failed/broken timing belt! If you continually try starting after this condition occurs then you could potentially ruin an engine! If it won't crank at all, chances are that the battery is completely drained from trying to crank it,
Answer 2) If the battery is still charged then the broken timing belt may have wrapped itself around your crank gear and now has the belt "wedged" between the crank gear and the housing not allowing it to spin.
Answer 3) Most costly and unfortunate, you could've ruined the engine by cranking it over without a timing belt. If you heard "banging, knocking, pinging" sounds while turning the engine over after this happened then the engine is ruined and will need replaced as the repair would be more costly than the vehicle is worth. If you didn't hear any of these sounds then likely your answer will be # 2!
Hope this helps, HAVE A SAFE AND PRODUCTIVE DAY!!

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Last changed belt at 96,000 miles. It now has 208,000 miles. When should I change it next?


Visually inspect it. If there are cracks running through 2 or more grooves in the belt, or if they're running in the opposite direction, it's time to replace it. Some belts wear more often from the inside out and you can't always see the wear. I'd call your local Toyota dealership and ask them what the maintenance interval for your model and year Toyota is.

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How to put the timing belt back into my car a 1994 Murcury Tracer. The timing belt had came off the car and I had to go new timing belt to put back into the car and I have no idea how to put a timing belt...


if you have no idea then this is not something you are going to wanna attempt. It is a very delicate proccess. And if you get it wrong you will ruin your engine. By ruin i mean blow it up. The engine has to be exactly in time or it will ruin your valves

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1996 camry engine gets hot and won't start, 208,000 miles. Could this be the EGR valve?


very unlikely. Check to see if a spark is being generated to the spark plugs. Could be electrical. Check compression on at least one cylinder to see if it is within specs. If not, you probably have a broken timing belt. If it tries to start and doesn't sound normal turning over, it may be because you have almost no compression...again sign that the timing belt is broken. Last possibility if all this pans out: bad fuel pump. Crack a fuel line going to the engine and try to start (if no fuel appears, fuel pump is not working...it should produce some 40 pounds of pressure or so).

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You should clarify which engine it is, and you can look under the hood near the radiator for the serpentine belt instillation diagram that is on a sticker. Rick

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Hello tinaromano1: The factory specification are to replace the belt every 90,000 miles in severe service. I would recommend to replace at 90,000 no matter what the service would be. Keep in mind should the belt break there is always a chance engine damage may occur. Should you need further help just ask. Thank You for using FixYa. Roger

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