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1994 Honda Accord Question: when I started my car it ran briefly, then turned rough and quit

 

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icelanterns, 2.2L 4 Cylinder, Edwards, CO, March 21, 2014, 18:25
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The car started extraordinarily quick--then went into a gurgling rough mode and shut down--This took just over a second I would estimate--I then attempted to restart and got the classic monotone whirring like the timing belt is out--timing belt or distributor?? And did I ruin my engine??

4 cylinder 16 valve

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    Action702 March 21, 2014, 20:05
     Journeyman

    Possibly head cylinder damage internals
    take out the top timing cover and inspect your timing belt
    And pray it didn't snap

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    icelanterns, March 22, 2014, 12:08
     Rookie

    Took top timing belt cover off belt looks ok--distributor has bad bushing-distr. shaft turns a little hard

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    Action702, March 22, 2014, 14:44
     Journeyman

    Timing belt is okay
    And you said you inspect distributor
    Did you do a compression test on each cylinder?

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    icelanterns, March 23, 2014, 07:55
     Rookie

    Didn't do compression test

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    Action702, March 23, 2014, 17:20
     Journeyman

    If the balance shaft timing is off your car would still start but run like shit though
    Hows the balance shaft belt?

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    ziptie12 March 22, 2014, 16:38
     Master

    Turn crankshaft by hand(counter-clockwise) and set to where CRANK pulley is at TDC, then check where cam gear is. Belt may not be broken , it sounds like it is missing a few teeth , though.

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    icelanterns, March 23, 2014, 07:58
     Rookie

    My next move then is to line up timing marks and see if the belt skipped?? Will this potentially damage cylinder head?? Even doing it by hand as you recommend??

    And what about this thing called the Timing Balancer Belt?? Could that be the problem as it is a belt as well Thanks

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    ziptie12, March 23, 2014, 22:33
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    Balancer belt is just for that , balancing the engine vibration. Wont affect the running. If the main belt IS stripped , then the damage has most likely already been done , all you're doing now , is confirming it , without complete disassembly.

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