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How do I check to see if the timing belt is broken or loose?

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If your timing belt were broken, your car would not operate, as the belt is what makes all the engine valves open and close in proper sequence, not to mention all the other critical processes that have to happen in exact order for a internal combustion engine to function. A broken or loose timing belt will cause a catastrophic failure of your motor.

Check your owners/service manual and you can also call a service center to ask them when your particular timing belt should be changed, as they normally have either a time in years or mileage reccomended service schedule. Not something an inexperienced person should attempt to repair, you'll need an experienced mechanic to undertake the repair to do it right. Best wishes for you.

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    I got to thinking that is could be possible that the electronic distributor has loosened and is causing your car to run erratic. That has been known to happen should the tech not get the set screw properly tightened when performing service on the vehicle. You can check quickly and easily by just trying to turn the top of the distributor cap and if there is any movement, that could be the problem.

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IF you can see any lifters through the oil filler hole in the valve cover - then try this..

Turn the engine over.. Look in the hole while its turning.. If you see no lifter action or nothing moving while the engine is turning over - then the timing belt is bad..

If you see lifter movement - then the timing belt is functioning..

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Remove the top half of the timming cover.Its the plastic casing at the front of the engine.

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Your mention of "on trying to start the engine turns over very fast" is indicative of a timing belt issue. Either the belt has broken, or the belt has jumped a few teeth. When the belt is out of "time", there is less compression, which results in the engine 'turning over' faster, and a no-start condition.

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The good news here is this: Your engine is NOT of the type that will 'bend' the valves when the belt breaks or jumps teeth.

Replacing the timing belt will fix you right up.

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