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#1 (permalink) Old 06-07-2008, 12:37 AM
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I have a 96 sportage 4x4. I just had the thing tuned up ( new plugs, new coil packs, and new wires.) Thing drove fine for a week. As I was going down the road tonight I lost power no warning or anything. Lights are on so it's not the battery. When you turn the ignition over it goes to catch but a split second later it starts making whining noise and never turns over to start. What could this be?
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Hi. When you say it lost power, was the engine still running or did it just die? Also the whining noise, do you mean the starter is not turning the engine over, or is it as if the engine is turning over very fast? If engine just died and appears to turn over fast it could be cam belt failure. What mileage have you done and do you know when the belt was last replaced?
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As i was going down the road the engine died, I guess you could say stalled. The lights was on and everything but i pulled of the side of the road and went to re-crank it. IT starts to turn over but as it does it goes from the turning over noise to a whining noise. I have only 88,000 miles on it. I am not sure when the belt was last changed. I have only had it since august of 2007
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The symptoms you describe does sound like the cam (timing) belt has snapped. To confirm this you need to remove the black plastic cover at the front of the engine (behind the cooling fan) which will allow you to see the belt. If it is not ummediately obcvious that the belt has broken just apply preesure to it to see if it has any give - it should only move about 10mm if it is ok. If the belt has gone the only saving grace is that this is a non-interference engine which means that no damage will have been caused to the valves or pistons which can happen in many other cars. Once a new belt has been properly installed (and I would recommend fitting a new water pump at the same time as this is run off the belt and will save having the whole lot done again if the pump fails in the near future) you should be back up and running
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Again thanks for your quick reply. Yes it was the timing belt. I had it towed home and pulled the cover like you asked, I had a friend thats is a mechanic to come over and look at it and he bumped the motor till the bad place in the belt come around. it is missing about 8 or 9 teeth.
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You got some good advice there.

I'm interested to know what the whinning noise was when you attempted to start it with the starter motor. A non-interference engine should crank with the starter motor even with the timing belt broken.

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My guess is that it would have been when the blank spot on the TB hit the crankshaft pulley at that precise moment in time.

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Well honestly I have 2 or 3 diffrent opinions on if this is an interference engine or not. My local parts store ( autozone.com) has it listed as an interference engine.
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Just marketing techniques to scare you into giving them more of your money -- there is zero evidence to support their "interference" claims.

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On the average what does it usually cost to have a timing belt replaced?
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