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Old 01-15-2002, 12:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guys, a quick and easy question. Have gotten a lead on a cheap Sami. Supposedly thing was running fine and then just quit, turns over and sounds fine..just won't run. Owner is thinking possibly broken timing belt...sounds plausible. Anyway is willing to sell for $500, body in decent shape, bikini top, stock as far as I know.

Is there a relatively easy way to check the timing belt to see if it's broke? Just would like an idea if thats what needs to be done to it or if it's something more mysterious when I look at it. Also I guess these are interference engines so posibly some bent valves when it broke eh?

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probility just jumped its timing, take the first plug out put a screwdriver in the hole to see if the piston is up if not put it up.... then take the distrubitor cap off and you will see a mark on the rotery button and on the bottom part of the distrubtor they should be lined up it the timing is on if there not lined up the timing is off, easy as that......
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Yea, take the dist cap off and turn it over. If it rotates the timing belt is still on there (see mud-magnet for checking if slipped).

They are NOT interference motors. There is lots of room for the valves over the pistons, so no valve train damage should occur.

What year? The later models are known for a dying ignition driver.
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Pop the cap off of the distributor - if the camshaft is turning, the rotor will. (This does not mean that it could not have jumped timing, tho)

If it is a fuel injected model, could be a bad igniter.

It had better be a NICE truck for $500 when they got no idea what's wrong with it - you must assume it will need a whole engine to make a prudent decision.
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Yea, take the dist cap off and turn it over. If it rotates the timing belt is still on there (see mud-magnet for checking if slipped).

They are NOT interference motors. There is lots of room for the valves over the pistons, so no valve train damage should occur.

What year? The later models are known for a dying ignition driver.
I believe it is an '86. Good news on both the easy way to check the belt as well as the clearence issue.

I'm thinking that a $500 truck is a pretty good deal, they few available around here are fetching (at least asking price) a good amount of money.

Thanks guys!! Hopefully you won't getsick of a torrent of questions if I do get it..
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