let this be an example to those who elect to prolong the 60k service a few thousand miles..
about a month back i was driving my car and noticed the temp gauge quite a bit higher than normal ... being that i had been having overheating problems prior to this occurrence i pulled over quickly and got out.. to my surprise, i wasnt smelling overheated antifreeze, but instead, burning rubber... i noticed a good amount of smoke coming from the right side of the engine compartment..
being that i was about 2 miles from home, i figured i could possibly limp back home to take a better look.. i restarted the car, made a u turn, and 300 ft later the car died completely.. i ended up pushing the car home...
now, a month later, i was finally able to inspect the damage.. i popped off the timing belt covers and this is what i found:
not pretty.. the gears turn (or at least rock, i didnt want to turn them) and i hope thats a good sign.. i tried turning this "other thing" that didnt turn, and im guessing that this "other thing" is the water pump.. here is my very ill-educated diagnosis..
due to me being a procrastinating dummass, my water pump started to fail, which was causing my overheating problem.. finally, the water pump failed completely, which caused the water pump pulley (do our cars even have a water pump pulley?
) to seize completely, which in turn caused friction on the timing belt causing it to burn up..
hopefully someone can either confirm or deny my very non educated guess.. heres a picture of the "other thing" which i suspect to be part of the water pump...
now, ive also read numerous times that a failed timing belt usually results in bent valves and holy pistons... i did not hear any noises that would red flag metal on metal before the car died, but i know that probably doesnt mean much.. is there any way to find out if i did serious damage short of replacing the timing chain?
heres a close up picture of the timing gears (if thats what they're called).. what position should the little yellow cirlces just inside the gearteeth be at? this is where they were after taking off the covers and after some slight fidgeting on my part..
is this bad? since im going to be in there anyway, im going to do the entire 60k service (better late than never)..
ive read the tutorials for doing the 60k so i have a question.. do i really need the timing belt tensioner tool?? i mentioned it to a supposed import mechanic and he had no clue what i was talking about...
i can probably do a search, but while im here, where is the best place to order everything i need for the 60k service? i also need to order the repair manual for my car... any tips?
what a mess, hopefully i didint screw up too much..
thanks for all the advice, it is greatly appreciated...
- eddie -