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Old 23 Sep 2004, 10:58 pm
Tom Post
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Default Timing belt replaced, car won't start

I just replaced the timing belt on my 97 acura CL. Followed the
instructions meticulously, triple checked that the cam and crank were
ligned up at TDC. After replacing the belt and water pump, I put
everything back together, and now all that happens it the car turns,
but never starts. If I was off by 1 tooth, could this cause the car
not to start? Is there anything I can do short of taking the car back
apart down to the timing bbelt, and trying again?

Thanks
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Old 23 Sep 2004, 11:35 pm
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Default Re: Timing belt replaced, car won't start

Was crank at TDC and cam at specified alignment point prior to belt
removal? If your car has a distributor, was rotor pointing at plug 1?
Did you buy a Acura belt? Don't they have a timing mark on the belt for
easy of installation?




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Old 24 Sep 2004, 07:26 am
Doug Holtz NOSPAM in adress
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Default Re: Timing belt replaced, car won't start

You will have to take it all apart again. The belt is on incorrectly. 1
tooth and the motor *might* fire, but won't run correctly. This seems to be
a common issue when we do it ourselves. It is a major PITA.

doug

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>I just replaced the timing belt on my 97 acura CL. Followed the
> instructions meticulously, triple checked that the cam and crank were
> ligned up at TDC. After replacing the belt and water pump, I put
> everything back together, and now all that happens it the car turns,
> but never starts. If I was off by 1 tooth, could this cause the car
> not to start? Is there anything I can do short of taking the car back
> apart down to the timing bbelt, and trying again?
>
> Thanks



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Old 24 Sep 2004, 08:04 am
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Default Re: Timing belt replaced, car won't start

On 23 Sep 2004 20:58:23 -0700, trpost@gtsquared.com (Tom Post) wrote:

>I just replaced the timing belt on my 97 acura CL. Followed the
>instructions meticulously, triple checked that the cam and crank were
>ligned up at TDC. After replacing the belt and water pump, I put
>everything back together, and now all that happens it the car turns,
>but never starts. If I was off by 1 tooth, could this cause the car
>not to start? Is there anything I can do short of taking the car back
>apart down to the timing bbelt, and trying again?


Was the fuel system disconnected for any reason?



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Old 24 Sep 2004, 03:27 pm
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"Doug Holtz NOSPAM in adress" <dholtzNOSPAM@wi.rr.com> wrote in message news:<WnU4d.61348$6h7.32400@twister.rdc-kc.rr.com>...
> You will have to take it all apart again. The belt is on incorrectly. 1
> tooth and the motor *might* fire, but won't run correctly. This seems to be
> a common issue when we do it ourselves. It is a major PITA.
>
> doug
>
> "Tom Post" <trpost@gtsquared.com> wrote in message
> news:92820a4b.0409231958.4339b68e@posting.google.c om...
> >I just replaced the timing belt on my 97 acura CL. Followed the
> > instructions meticulously, triple checked that the cam and crank were
> > ligned up at TDC. After replacing the belt and water pump, I put
> > everything back together, and now all that happens it the car turns,
> > but never starts. If I was off by 1 tooth, could this cause the car
> > not to start? Is there anything I can do short of taking the car back
> > apart down to the timing bbelt, and trying again?
> >
> > Thanks


I think I may have to take it apart again, and try one more time. I
did not mess with any fuel or electronic connections, and am sure it
has to just be off a tooth. I was very careful when marking, but can
see how when I was putting the belt on, it could have easily gone off
by a tooth. I guess I was just hoping I could avoid taking it apart,
as it took me 6 hours to do... Thanks for all the replies.
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Old 25 Sep 2004, 08:12 am
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Default Re: Timing belt replaced, car won't start

are you getting spark at the spark plug, and do you hear the fuel pump
start when you turn the key? if either is no - recheck that you put all
wires back, or that you didn't knock one off that you didn't intend to
remove. with one tooth off you would probably still get some popping
and sputtering. with several teeth off it probably would not crank
smoothly.

Tom Post wrote:
> I just replaced the timing belt on my 97 acura CL. Followed the
> instructions meticulously, triple checked that the cam and crank were
> ligned up at TDC. After replacing the belt and water pump, I put
> everything back together, and now all that happens it the car turns,
> but never starts. If I was off by 1 tooth, could this cause the car
> not to start? Is there anything I can do short of taking the car back
> apart down to the timing bbelt, and trying again?
>
> Thanks


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Old 29 Sep 2004, 11:34 am
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Default Re: Timing belt replaced, car won't start

Well after taking it apart again, and redoing the timing belt, it
still didn't start. Turns out after hours of frustration, the problem
was with a faulty crank shaft sensor. Seems as though tapping on the
sensor caused the car to start. Thanks!
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Old 29 Sep 2004, 10:12 pm
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Default Re: Timing belt replaced, car won't start

Bad luck
Did you have starting problems prior to changing out the timing belt.
Is the sensor intermittent or just the connector to sensor module.



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