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post #1 of 22 Old 12-21-2016, 01:06 PM Thread Starter
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Hey team... I've had this 94 accord for about 4 mos.. Bought it for 500 with 164k, owner bought a new car! As expected it did have some issues but the 2 main issue engine wise was a stripped out spark plug which I fixed and added the insert and I forget the name but it's a sensor of some sort towards the back of the engine that caused the car to have very low idle n stall out! I clean the small screen n it's been running ever since! So for 3 1/2 to 4 mos the car has been riding fine( with the Exception of the battery dying about a month ago but it was replaced same day) ! I drive about 40 highway miles total back n forth only to work with it, but today about 5 mins from my house , the car all of sudden just died! I was goin about 60 n the speed just suddenly started decreasing... I tried of course to hit the gas a couple times n it either did nothing or jerked! Finally I pulled to the shoulder , and sat there for bout 5-10 min n once I tried to start it, I felt the motor jerk as if it were trying to start but then a weird whining sound occurred! I snelled a very faint burning snelled so I stopped! Once the wife picked me up bout 20 min later,I had her try n start it n I listened under the hood!!! The whining sound was coming from the air filter box! I no longer snelled burning but I had her try 5 or 6 times n the same thing occurred! PLEASE HELP with any advice as to where to start?! Prayerfully it's not the engine locked up since I pinpointed the sound at the filter box, possibly it's clogged at the throttle body or a bad sensor not allowing it to start! Please help!

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So the engine turns over or does not turn over? It sounds like an electrical issue. Look at the connections at the battery and make sure they are clean and tight. If you have a voltmeter check the battery and make sure of the voltage, needs to be 12.6v standing. It could also be a broken timing belt as well.


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It doesn't really turn over meaning it's not like a crank where the engine is trying n u know it! For a very split second it tries then immediately starts that whining noise by the air filter! I do have a voltmeter n the battery is less than 60 days old ! Lights inside the car, radio , all are ok
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how much oil is in the engine? It's either locked or has a bad connection. I'm leaning toward locked since it started slowing down.

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The oil light had come on previously n I added a quart so that I wouldn't overfill! But that was the first thing I checked after it died because that's what I thought n there was plenty oil on the dipstick!
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Try jump starting it. If it jumps, you could have a dead alternator.
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Try jump starting it. If it jumps, you could have a dead alternator.
I second this. That faint burning smell was most likely the ghost of the alternator leaving its shell after 22 years of duty assuming it has never been replaced.

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I still say it is a broken timing belt and the engine will not turn over due to the valves sitting in the pistons way. The sound is the starter motor and the smell is from the starter as well. Any idea when the timing belt was last changed?? The change interval for the timing belt is 90,000 miles under normal driving.

Pull the valve cover and look at the belt.
You could also try to turn the motor with a socket on the crankshaft bolt, but do not apply to much pressure. It should turn rather easily if the belt is good.

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The alternator looks pretty old lol... I'll try jumpin it n see if it's the alternator since the same thing happened on my 91 Acura legend... Car just shut down while driving n all the gauges went to 0... But as far as the timing belt, how big of an issue is it to change?!
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I'm goin to assume it was never changed, my buddy had it for about 3 years before I sold it to me n he told me what he had fixed n known problems n timing belt wasn't either of the twi
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Timing belt is pretty easy

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While it is not too bad to change I would not call it easy. At this point he most likely has bent valves and possibly damaged pistons or cylinders. That will require removing the head and seeing what the damage is. If it is only bent valves those can be replaced and then you can replace the timing belt. If the piston is broken or the cylinder is scored then it is new engine time.

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I did have a chance try jump starting it, nothing changed! It's still making this weird when I try n start it! Engine isn't turning over! Is there someway I could record me trying to start it n post in this forum because the closest I can describe is the sound of starting a power tool! That probably doesn't help much lol... And what I look for that would be the sign of a bad timing belt?? Thx guys
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Put a socket on the crankshaft pulley with a breaker bar and see if you can rotate the engine. It should not take much effort, if it will not move it is a broken timing belt and bent valves. The other way to tell is to remove the valve cover and timing belt cover and look at the belt.

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If you know where the timing belt is stick your hand in there and feel it. My money is that it's shredded. If my money is right, you will never start this engine again.

The reason it sounds weird when you try to start it is because only the bottom half of the engine is spinning. Ask me how I know this.


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