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post #1 of (permalink) Old 08-03-2001, 10:15 AM
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broken timing belt story

Heres the story. 86 samuri carbed
The fan belt broke. Didn't have have one and it was late at night, so we decided to make one so we would have the 4wd to get to the camping spot. Cut some bailer twine tied it the same lenght as the old belt and put it on. Started the samuri and Went up front to see if the fam was turning. Where did the bailer twine go??? Can't find it any where??? O-well wait till morning and get a new fan belt. Morning comes, get a new belt, put it on. The samuri wont start. Funny It ran last night when trying to make a belt. Check for spark. Spark on one cylinder only. This means the distributor is not turning. Take distributor off and crank engine. Shaft from engine to Distributor not turning. Engine sounds weird when cranking. Bet the timing belt broke!!! Took off timing belt cover. Hey There's the bailer twine wraped around the timing pulley on the crankshaft. Timing belt broke in half!!!!!! No good.

Moral of stroy Don't make your own fan belt. Or atleast not out of bailer twine.
Here's my question?
1) On some cars when to timing belt breaks the pistons hit the valves. Is this somthing that can happen on this small engine. Did the valves get damaged.
2) What is the procedure for putting the belt back on? Is there marks on pulleys or somthing else??


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post #2 of (permalink) Old 08-03-2001, 06:31 PM
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Re: broken timing belt story

If the engine is stock nothing will be hurt.
To put another timing belt back on, you goto align the marks on the pulleys and the block (upper timing belt pully notch is on the little metal plate the timing belt cover bolts onto). If you cant see the bottom mark or the rad is in the way or whatever, throw the timing belt covor back on, and align the mark on the pulley to the number 0. then you can align the upper pulley and put the belt on.

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post #3 of (permalink) Old 08-05-2001, 02:59 PM
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Re: broken timing belt story

From what the other Zukker guy said, you should NOT have a permanent problem as long as your engine is stock.
Make sure your notches line up and all should be fine... and next time carry a spare fan belt!!

Take care,

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