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I have a 1997 Audi A6 quattro. I was driving it one day and the engine just shut off. It will turn over (crank) , but will not fire at all. Timing belt and water pump was changed two weeks ago.

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  • winzells Sep 28, 2009

    Does this mean that the engine is destroyed?

  • winzells Sep 28, 2009

    Does this mean that the engine is destroyed?

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The previous solution offered is most likely correct. However, in the event that you discover that the timing belt is not at fault, here are some things to consider:
There is a slight possibility that the spark plugs are not firing. Check your distributor cap and electrical connection to the spark plugs to be sure that current is being delivered to them. A power failure to the spark plugs would exactly mirror these symptoms: A sudden engine failure, but a working electrical system that cranks the engine. The fact that the engine turns over indicates that there is nothing else wrong with the electrical system. With continued attempts to start it, however, the battery will eventually die. Keep an eye on that and make sure you have access to an assisting car or a booster kit in that event.
This brings into question the fuel system. If the engine is attempting to start with no result, it is possible that fuel is not being delivered to the engine cylinders correctly (again, this is also in keeping with the previous solution, so make sure to double check the timing belt first). Possible culprits are: the fuel injectors, the fuel sending unit (fuel pump), or the fuel filter. It is unlikely that the fuel injectors have malfunctioned so quickly and totally. Check your fuel filter first, as it is the easiest of the three to inspect. It is usually located along the fuel line between the gas tank and the engine.
If none of these systems are malfunctioning, you will need to look deeper with the assistance of a qualified technician. Make sure, in any event, to connect your car's OBDII system to a diagnostic utility to read any warnings or alerts that the car's computer is indicating.
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If it cranks over extra fast it has broken the new timing belt. I have seen this from it being installed incorrectly.

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