My daughter's '97 Cavalier, 2.2 4-cylinder (80,000 miles) quit running
Saturday; had it towed home. The starter spins the engine over fine
but will not start. Here's what I've checked so far:
1. There is good spark at every plug. They're gapped at .060", but
were wet when removed.
2. Since the plugs were wet, I assumed it was getting fuel, but to be
sure, I disconnected the fuel line from the discharge side of the fuel
filter. When turning the key on, there is fuel flowing for approx. 2
seconds, which I've been told is normal. Also, with a spark plug
removed and cranking the engine, there is some fuel splash coming from
the open spark plug hole.
O.K., it's got fuel and spark. Now what? Well, next....
3. I removed the valve cover and then cranked the engine over.
Surprize... none of the valves move. Got to be a timing belt, or is it
a chain on this engine?
I'm amazed that with only 80,000 miles a chain (or belt) would go bad.
Is there anything specific I should be looking for? If it is a chain
that needs replacement, how tough is this job? Doesn't appear to be
very much room to work with there.
I apologize if this has been asked before. I did do a search on this
topic in this group but still have questions on this subject. Thanks