My surpeenteen belt broke. I replaced it and now my
car will not start. There does not seem to be enough
crank to get it started. What could possibly be wrong.
Not enough crank? Buy some more and try again.
Have you checked that nothing is seized, before installing the new
belt? That's why it might have broken in the first place.
Traveler is correct; more information is needed for someone to be
able to offer suggestions. Helpful information could include what
the car was doing just before the belt broke; what happened when
the belt broke; what you did right after the belt broke; and what
has been done to try to start the car.
It could be that you've bent some valves. Best way to check for this is
with a compression tester. You should be able to rent one from your local
parts store. You pull the spark plugs and test through the openings. Be
sure to pull the coil wire to prevent any kind of accidentel spark when you
don't want one.
I do have a suggestion based on my last weeks experience. My 91 merc
tracer belt also broke because the air conditioner compressor pulley
broke internally somehow to cause it to seize. As a side note, it is
50 degrees F up here, AC was not being used. There was no way to turn
the sucker without a large pipe wrench.
I found out that a belt from a NON AC car will fit right on the pulley
setup without any adjustments. Just told my daughter she will never
have AC on the 91.
My recommendation. Check to see if the AC pulley can turn by loosing
the belt with a proper tool. Also check the tensioner pulley and power
steering for ease of play. Heck, the belt is loose, check all you
If you cannot turn the AC Pulley, purchase a non ac belt, install it
and all will be ok if you can live without ac.
I did have an opportunity to remove the Ac compressor from the car.
It was jammed solid and the pulley seemed to have worn to an extent
where the top of the pulley had worn a ridge into the compressor
housing. Guess the bearing had been going for some time.
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