1995 Mitsubishi 3000GT SL Q&A
1995 Mitsubishi 3000GT SL Question: The care will turn over but it will not start. Please Help!!!
I was driving home from work and was going between 45 and 50 MPH, when I heard a slight pop. From there the engine seemed to have cut off, and all the dash lights popped on. I then slipped the car into neutral and tried to start it but it sounded like the starter was not engaging it just whirled. I then popped the hood looked and on the driver side of the engine I could see a pulley had melted through the dust cover below the timing belt. Once I got it pulled back to the house I pulled off the dust cover to find that the Timing belt tensioner bolt had worked its way out and popped off, allowing for the timing belt to slip off. Repositioned the crank and the cams to align with the marks on the block installed a new bolt for the tensioner and put the timing belt back on. Now when I turn the key to attempt to start it there is a clicking sound from the throttle body and the car just whirls. The starter is engaging as I watched the pulleys move as we attempted to start the car. It is like it is not getting any spark or fuel. Every so often it will pop in the exhaust. I unplugged the EFI fuse and the clicking stopped. I traced the clicking down to a piece that I do not know the name of just below and behind the intake hose on the throttle body. Please help this is my work car and my wife really needs her van for the kids while I am at work and I don't like leaving her without a way to go. Thank you for your time. Timothy - Timothy.Moyer1
Well Tim, if you have the engine timing correct and the engine will not start now, i am afraid that your valves have contacted the pistons when the belt slipped off resulting in internal damage that will require engine dissassembly to repair. This is an "interference" engine. I really hope i am wroung but that sure is what it sounds like. Good luck with it man! - pushrod
I agree with Push Rod, the head, valves, pistons and sometimes the wall of the cylinders, camshafts are damaged beyond re-use when the timing belt breaks. If you pull the valve cover off you may see damage. When you get the cover off, rotate your motor over by the crankshaft pulley so you can inspect the valve train. I'm sure you will see what's wrong. When you pull the fuse to the EFI, (Electronic Fuel Injection),the engine will not fire and make the noise you're hearing, good luck! Kool Tool. - Kool Tool