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suspect the timing belt tension was to low and has jumped a few teeth initially(run rough) and then jumped further or stripped teeth(will not start at all). check timing belt position setup.... if its 1-2 teeth out of timing you could put a new belt on with engine correctly setup. .if its completely wrong the your engine will have internal damage(valves bent and pistons dented)
But it started and ran fine before this? If YES, then the answer's patently obvious eh? The belt was put on incorrectly, or more accurately, the timing has been set up wrongly. Sadly it seems you'll need to get someone to check the timing and get it reset properly. Best of luck!
I am metalpoet....level II chrysler tech.....It sounds like a fuel pump issue by the way you describe it but I know from working on them you will need a timing belt....This will cause it to run terrible like you have described after you get it started.....I really need more info....Has it been tuned up or anything like that lately......How many miles are on it ? Without knowing anything I would disconnect battery/ remove the in line fuel filter / then reconnect battery turn switch on and see if the fuel pump is pumping out fuel...(THE PRESSURE ISNT VERY HIGH COMING OUT OF THE TANK...BUT BE CAREFUL.....IT IS 2 MAN OPERATION ).......IF NO FUEL YOU NEED AN IN TANK PUMP KIT...IF YOU HAVE POWER GOING TO IT........IF fuel comes out let it run until clean then replace in line filter......Then check timing belt....The timing belt is not for beginners to
replace.....Please reply with more info.....I can give detailed instructions on replacing timing belt if needed.............Need to know history of vehicle........................Metalpoet
unfortunately, there are no signs to warn when a timing belt will give out. they just go and can be very costly when they do. these belts are under a tremendous amount of tension and stress at all times and it would be like trying to predict where lightning will strike. think of your timing belt as you would your tires. they are both made of rubber which means the more you use them the more they wear down. the only difference is that you can keep a close eye on your tires rubber. also you wouldn't wait for a worn tire to blow out before you change it so why wait for the timing belt to go. you could be risking very serious damage to vital engine components such as valves, pistons and possibly total engine loss. if you keep up with the services of this vehicle you can consider the use factor of the car and determine for yourself if you think its time but keep in mind the risk you run if you dont know and just let it go.
Check to see if your timing belt broke. Remove the Distributor cap and watch the rotor as the engine cranks. If the rotor spins then the Timing belt is at least in place. If it doesn't spin then the Timing chain/belt has broken and will need to be replaced. You will also have to have the valves checked to verify they have not bent after making contact with the piston heads.
if poor performance was noticed right off the bat, the timing belt is not timed properly. this will cause lack of power, rough idle, pre ignition(little noisey), and rich exhaust.youre going to need to first, find a friend or someone whom you trust to do your automotive work.second youre going to need to start over by tearing it all down systematically and taking note of anything done wrong. third find reliable information on the timing marks for this vehicle. i hope for your sake nothing is broken. let me know how this turns out, ill be happy to help further if you need.