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I have a 1990 Honda Accord DS,automatic. I took the car to a mechanic, because the car would crank, but not start. The mechanic found out the timing belt was in an incorrect position. He fixed the timing belt, but when I started driving the car, there was no power, plus, the engine light was on. I brought it back to the mechanic and then soon after, he said, the distributor is no good anymore. I left that place because he sounded as if he wasn't sure what he was saying was right.

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  • Mark Egan May 11, 2010

    Get a second opinion from another unrelated mechanic. Take what you learn from him, and combine with what the first mechanic tells you, then decide if you need to talk to a 3rd mechanic. Sadly, there are a lot of quack mechanics out there. You may be able to learn something from the CEL, which you can have read at AutoZone or Oreilly's. I am concerned about the lack of power after he reset the timing belt, especially if power was fine before it slipped. Did he replace the timing belt, or just reset it? It should have been replaced, along with the tensioner. Otherwise it could slip again, and cause the problem he says you have now.

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It sounds like the timing belt was installed a tooth off. If you get it repaired at another shop and it was installed at the first shop incorrectly I would try to get a refund from the first shop or have him pay for the second repair - though this may take a small claims court action. If the distributor was working fine before the repair it is unlikely there is a problem with it - other than timing - which would never be correct if the belt was in the wrong position.

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If the timing belt slips a tooth it will cause the crankshaft and the camshaft to be out of time together so it runs poorly or not at all. Most of the time the belt wont slip though it usually breaks. When that happens the engine can have allot of damage done to it internally. But if you're lucky and the pistons don't hit the valves you can add a new timing belt and fix the problem. You have to make sure that the new belt is timed in exactly right or it might not run but it sounds like he got it 1 tooth off or something wasn't put back the way it was before the fix.

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