Question about 1996 Mercury Tracer
I have a 96 Mercury Tracer that ran flawlessly, with not a hint of any problems. Last night I was sitting at a light and proceeded to go when it turned green. The instant I put my foot on the gas, the engine suddenly began knocking like I have never heard before and died on the spot. I tried to start the car, with no success. I checked all fluids and all looks good, no water, metal shards or nothing out of the ordinary in any of the standard checks. I pulled the timing belt cover to see if that was the problem and timing belt is intact but a bit loose it seems. I was told that the timing belt would not cause knocking like that even if it broke or slipped. Is that true? If it's not the timing belt that would cause that, what else would it be that would cause the engine to just suddenly start knocking crazy like?
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