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#1 2017-01-07 19:05:56

HowdyNoah
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From: Calgary AB, Canada
Registered: 2016-12-12
User Number: 39184
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Tried to tighten my belts, now my car won't start!

Guys, I need some serious help. My 2.5i has had one of its v belts sqeaking for a long time. Earlier today, I figured I'd go and tighten it a bit and see if it squeaks more or less. There was a little bit of squeak right after I started it but nothing after that. I thought I had fixed the problem, so I just took a seat and let it run for a lil while with the lights on (because it used to squeak the loudest with them on). Everything sounded perfect until suddenly came the most high pitched squeal I've ever heard my car make. I panicked and shut the engine off immediately, and checked it out. Nothing seemed off, the tension was same as how I left it, but .. now my car doesn't start.

I'm praying it's just something to do with the battery, seeing as how cold it is here in Canada right now + I had the lights on. But what else could it be? I've no idea what to do.


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#2 2017-01-07 19:48:56

mbandi
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Re: Tried to tighten my belts, now my car won't start!

No crank or no start?


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#3 2017-01-07 19:56:24

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Re: Tried to tighten my belts, now my car won't start!

Take the belt off and see if the idler pulley is seized.


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#4 2017-01-07 20:02:34

HowdyNoah
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From: Calgary AB, Canada
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Re: Tried to tighten my belts, now my car won't start!

mbandi wrote:

No crank or no start?

Yes crank, no start. The first couple times I tried after the big squeal, the engine would start but died as soon as I let go of the key. Now it doesn't start at all.


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#5 2017-01-07 21:54:09

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Re: Tried to tighten my belts, now my car won't start!

crxgator wrote:

Take the belt off and see if the idler pulley is seized.

This is the best scenario you can hope for.  The idler pulley will fail at some point, if you didn't loosen it before you turned the adjuster bolt you would have stressed the plastic, maybe pushed it out of alignment.

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#6 2017-01-07 23:09:16

HowdyNoah
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From: Calgary AB, Canada
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Re: Tried to tighten my belts, now my car won't start!

snowphun wrote:

crxgator wrote:

Take the belt off and see if the idler pulley is seized.

This is the best scenario you can hope for.  The idler pulley will fail at some point, if you didn't loosen it before you turned the adjuster bolt you would have stressed the plastic, maybe pushed it out of alignment.

I don't think it'd be the idler pulley, I never touched that belt... the only one I messed with was the one around the PSP and alternator pulleys.

Sorry I'm being so vague, I'm sorta new to everything.


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#7 2017-01-07 23:49:20

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Re: Tried to tighten my belts, now my car won't start!

Huh? It's the pulley you used to tighten the belt to begin with.


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#8 2017-01-08 00:50:54

Rodman
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Re: Tried to tighten my belts, now my car won't start!

He tightened the alternator belt, not the air condition compressor, I guess. Rather strange the car won't start from just tensioning an accessory belt. Losen it all up where you tightened it, you may have damaged the alternator. Crank it once that belt no longer has tension.

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#9 2017-01-08 01:16:12

92xGot2boostit2
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Re: Tried to tighten my belts, now my car won't start!

Most likely what he heard was an idler for the timing belt going out. Now it's gone altogether =>>>>>> crank no start.  Pull one of the timing belt covers off and inspect the timing belt.

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#10 2017-01-08 15:41:49

mbandi
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Re: Tried to tighten my belts, now my car won't start!

92xGot2boostit2 wrote:

Most likely what he heard was an idler for the timing belt going out. Now it's gone altogether =>>>>>> crank no start.  Pull one of the timing belt covers off and inspect the timing belt.

For his sake, I hope you are wrong.


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#11 2017-01-08 16:32:41

92xGot2boostit2
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Re: Tried to tighten my belts, now my car won't start!

mbandi wrote:

92xGot2boostit2 wrote:

Most likely what he heard was an idler for the timing belt going out. Now it's gone altogether =>>>>>> crank no start.  Pull one of the timing belt covers off and inspect the timing belt.

For his sake, I hope you are wrong.

I rather be right and he end up correcting the issue.

Sorry my root cause might cost more.

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#12 2017-01-08 18:14:36

HowdyNoah
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From: Calgary AB, Canada
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Re: Tried to tighten my belts, now my car won't start!

So this morning while the sun was out, I loosened up the belt that was giving me trouble and it started up without an issue. Was cranking slower than usual though. I tried again a couple hours later and it was struggling to start but would manage to if I gave it some gas. Thoughts?


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