Hi there-we have been working on daughter's 1991 Dodge spirit-she slowed down for turn, went to accelerate, then no power-car began jerking, so she pulled over. Car would not start up again. Husband said car is getting fuel, but no spark. Replaced some relays, now the problem is that the crankshaft is turning, but the timing belt will not turn. Is this simply because the timing belt broke, or is there something else going on? I appreciate the help, and I hope my question made sense. Thank you so much.
Crankshaft turns but timing belt does not on 1991 Dodge Spirit
by Ronna in Arma, KS on October 10, 2010
ANSWER by patrick mannion on October 10, 2010
If the engine cranks the starter is spinning over the crankshaft and likely allowing fuel deliver form the pump because it sees the engine cranking. If the camshaft isn't turning the cam may be seized but is more likely teeth on the timing belt are stripped off. Some 3.0L engine on Chrysler/Doge bend valves when the belt breaks, I don't believe the 2.5L engine does.
ANSWER by Visitor on June 29, 2011
YES TIMING BELT SHOULD BE REPLACED EVERY 60.000 MILES .CHANCES ARE WHEN YOU REMOVE THE TIMING BELT COVERS YOU WILL FIND THE TEETH SHEARED AT THE CRANK END.THIS IS A NON-INTERFERENCE ENGINE WHICH MEANS YOU DON'T BEND VALVES WHEN THE BELT BREAKS.JUST LINE UP THE THREE TIMING MARKS ,INSTALL THE NEW BELT, PROPERLY TENSION THE BELT, REASSEMBLE AND DRIVE AWAY.GOOD LUCK GUNNY