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My belt tore, and my engine wont start now?

My belt tore, and my engine wont start now. is there a direct relationship between the belt and the engine starting with my 2001 ford focus. I have never had a problem like that with my other cars

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  • firstpagejoe Sep 15, 2009

    I have the same problem. New Alt. New Serp Belt. New Tensioner ***. Battery fully charged. I've got full compression, Good Fuel Pressure and checked the spark on 2 of the plugs, both were nice and clean and sparked when cranked. I replaced the Crank Position Sensor after replacing the belt when it wouldn't start (experience from other cars) and the sensor did looked beat up from the belt. I've checked all the Fuses, Maxi Fuses, Relays, Diodes, and vacuum lines (the semi-rigid tubing that is prone to cracking) and everything checks out A-OK. Still when you try and start it, it turns over but doesn't even try and start. No stumble, no stutter, no stall. Also - No check engine light.

    Of note- the focus is on it's 4 serp belt, and third Alt. in the last 2 years. Ignition wires are less than 3 years old, Coil pack is less than 2 years old, and spark plugs were replaces about 6 months ago. Changed the oil and air filter about 3 months ago - just coming due for it's next change, oil still looks pretty clean.

    It acts like its out of gas but it's got almost a half a tank.

    My wife was driving up a hill, herd a loud "whack" then a thump-thump-thump, then the car shut off and wouldn't start again.

  • yadayada
    yadayada May 11, 2010

    what belt?



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If it is your serpentine belt, it could be you ran your battery down since your alternator would not be working. Try jump starting it. If it is your timing belt, it has to be installed and in time to allow the car to start.

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I think the crank sensor is on a bracket next to the crank pulley. Did the belt break a wire to the sensor or break the sensor when it came off.

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