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Old 03-09-2013, 04:46 PM   #1
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Car wont start; No spark nor is the distributor rotor spining.

Last week my car was running fine, its a 93 Accord EX. I was on my way home from school then the rpms stuttered and the car died. I haven't really had time to look at it since, but no spark is getting to the plugs nor is the distributor fan rotating when trying to start. I just had the timing belt replaced three months ago, and I'm running out of ideas of what I need to change. Any help would be most appreciated, thank you!
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Old 03-09-2013, 05:19 PM   #2
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I'd check to make sure the timing belt didn't break... It could have...

Also, the camshaft could have snapped... unlikely, but possible.
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Old 03-09-2013, 06:43 PM   #3
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I'm going with timing belt.
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Old 03-09-2013, 10:30 PM   #4
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Alright thanks, will check tomorrow and reply with what I find.
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Old 03-10-2013, 08:50 AM   #5
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Seems like the same scenario that I went through and my problem was a snapped t-belt (but it was way overdue for a change). But, I seem to second guess myself because you just had it replaced. However, as previously stated, it could have snapped, maybe it was too tight, not put on right, or simply just a bad belt. Could be the distributor just went completely out. Good way to check, open the oil filler cap and have someone just crank the motor and see if the cam spins, if not then it is most likely your timing belt. If it spins, then it is probably something in the distributor.

Cross your fingers and hope you didn't bend any valves if you snapped the t-belt.
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Old 03-10-2013, 02:23 PM   #6
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Alright, checked to see if the cam was spinning and it was not, is there any quick way that I can check to see if the timing belt is still there? I'm not very good with auto mechanics and I'd like to not screw something up along the way, thanks so much for the help.
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Old 03-10-2013, 02:46 PM   #7
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pull the the valvecover and then the plastic t-belt shield on the drivers side off the drivers side and look to see if the timing belt is still there.
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Old 03-11-2013, 01:35 AM   #8
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Maybe your mechanic installed it wrong. Or it could be snapped.
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Old 03-11-2013, 11:34 PM   #9
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Alright thank you guys, I'll look at it tomorrow when I get the chance.
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Old 03-12-2013, 09:29 PM   #10
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It was the timing belt. I took the valve cover off today after school and there it was, all ground up and stuff inside the case. Thanks guys for your help, now to contact the mechanic who installed it..
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Old 03-13-2013, 08:36 PM   #11
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check the distributor itself
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Old 03-13-2013, 08:41 PM   #12
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check the distributor itself
He just stated that the t-belt was shredded. That would be the reason for it to not start. No reason to check the distributor until the t-belt is replaced. If it still has problems after putting on the new t-belt, then you can move on to other things, including checking the distributor.

You should contact the mechanic soon OP. I hope you are still within the warranty period for their work. As I said previously, you might have bent some valves.
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Old 03-14-2013, 12:28 AM   #13
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I hope so also, I had it replace on Dec. 26th.... drove less than 1600 miles on it.
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Old 03-14-2013, 02:13 PM   #14
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I hope so also, I had it replace on Dec. 26th.... drove less than 1600 miles on it.
You should be within the warranty for the work. Just make sure you get it back there soon. Let us know how it goes.
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Old 03-14-2013, 11:17 PM   #15
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If yourt T-belt shredded like that there is a very good possibility you will also have damaged valves.
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Old 03-14-2013, 11:44 PM   #16
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Bummer man.. Id be harassing that shop forsure!
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Old 03-15-2013, 03:32 AM   #17
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Old 03-30-2013, 08:27 PM   #18
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yesterday my 93 did the same thing but IM pretty sure it not the t_belt. Did a quick check around and found out that Im not getting any spark.then conscientious and it's not firing when you try n turn it over bought a new coil and tryed again and still nothing could itbe a ecu problem?
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Old 03-31-2013, 01:46 PM   #19
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Not sure if this would apply to this situation but my husband has a 99 Honda Prelude and the same thing happened to me while i was driving it. We looked and there was no broken belt but the auto-tensioner had broken. But you may want to check if a ground has come loose. Car wont crank if its not grounded properly anymore.
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Old 04-01-2013, 10:27 AM   #20
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If you were driving when it let go there is a very good chance that valves have bent. Hopefully the shop takes care of all of it for you, correctly.

And yes, there are some mechanics you CAN trust.
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