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Engine wants to start but doesn't turnover

I have a 1991 honda civic 1.5L and it stopped on the highway. It's in my garage and I have checked the plugs which give good fire, there doesn't seem to be an issue with the gs pump as there's gas in the chambers. I think it's the timing belt as when it cranks it has a sort of a wheezing sound and shudders but doesn't fire up. How do ùi check to see if the timing belt needs replacement and how do I remove front cover? Must I remove the valve cover to allow the top portion of front cover to be freed from the retaining lip on valve cover?

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  • John Husman May 11, 2010

    did you do a compression test on it yet?yes you must remove the valve cover.if it died on the highway at speed there is a very good possibillity that you either bent a valve or holed a piston.your motor is called a zero tolerance motor witch means it has no clearance between the valves and pistons.since it sounds like you have already tried to start the car.Take off the oil filler cap and look inside while some one else cranks the car over and see if any of your rocker arms are moving if not your belt is broke.if they are.need to know mileage because if it is over 95000 miles it is past time to do a timeing belt.please let me know.Thanks for using fixya!



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I have broken the timing belt in two of these, one time at over 6000 RPM. They do not bend the valves as long as the head has not been cut. That wheezing noies is compression blowing by partially open intake valves. You need to remove the valve cover and the timing cover. Please replace the water pump at the same time. Camieng

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