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Old 10-10-2011, 05:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Exclamation 04 Forenza won't start after water pump and timing belt

I just replaced the water pump and timing belt on an 04 forenza and now the car will turn over but does not crank up, the belt turns but it doesnt sound like it is firing up, it just turns. Any ideas why? It was running fine before the work, just had a leaky water pump and on inspection the timing belt was worn and cracking. I lined up the cams and crank with the timing marks on the rear timing cover but it is not starting. Any help would be much appreciated.
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Old 10-10-2011, 11:38 PM   #2 (permalink)
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your automatic tentioner might be slipping. many people have had this problem while replacing the belt. if your sure everything is back where its supposed to be you may want to start by checking the tentioner.
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Old 10-11-2011, 03:10 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks 7-Even, that was the only thing I could think of too, I just wasn't sure that the tensioner slipping would be enough to keep the engine from trying to start, like I said, it is turning but not like its trying to start it just turns. I will post here after I try to tighten the tensioner again. Is there any way to tell if you have the tensioner set tight enough? I thought it was tight before.

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Old 10-16-2011, 10:57 AM   #4 (permalink)
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The crank pulley doesn't seem to be turning all the way, it locks up with the timing mark at about 2 o'clock. Any ideas as to why?

Also, the car had run out of oil shortly before this work was started. I thought that the timing belt may have been slipping but it seems that it was the crankshaft being locked up that made the belt slip over it rather than turning it that was the culprit. Is there any check that I can do to determine what is causing the crankshaft to stop turning? I can turn it backwards but forwards it locks with the timing mark on the pulley at the 2 o'clock position.

Any help would be appreciated!!!!!!!

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Old 10-17-2011, 07:48 PM   #5 (permalink)
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im really not sure about this. it could be a problem internally. maybe something loose in the motor or.....ok so i was thinking. if it only turnes so far it might be coming into contact with something in the head. i suppose this could mean that the timming of the top end and bottom end is not matched, somethng must have moved. you could try to move the cams ahead a revolution or two and back to top dead center. then try the crank again??? i think your not supposed to turn the crank backwards as this is bad for the motor. you also might want to cal a mechanic and ask a few questions
let me know what you find out.
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