The saga continues…
So, order of events:
The vehicle does not have any issues running. Slightly slow idle at times but the car usually restored to normal idle quickly.
One night, randomly, the car would not start. Starter motor would turn continuously but the vehicle will not start running.
Replaced distributor coil, rotor, cap, and spark plugs. Car starts up instantly better than ever.
Runs well, drives into city about 5 miles. Park car, change oil (30min).
I drove it 11 more miles down the road, and the car died randomly. I turned it off and back on at 50mph, and the car started back up but sputtered and puttered with no real power to the wheels or throttle response that I could feel.
It finally died again and I managed to roll to the side of the road in a freeway tunnel. Towed back to my starting point and it’s back to the drawing board tomorrow.
The starter motor will still turn the engine over, but it is back to not firing now.
I am planning to inspect the spark plug wires really carefully tomorrow; maybe replace them.
I know nothing about the history of the timing belt being changed. With 300k miles on it, it could be a likely culprit… but with the car’s recent coming back to life would that still make sense? Could the car work temporarily with replaced distributor cap etc.? I will attempt to check the timing belt to see if it’s in tact as well as wipe off the excess oil on the engine and see if I can find a sticker that indicates the belt has been changed.
No out-of-the-norm noises have been heard…
This may be a silly question, but will the drive turn if the timing belt is broken? any other ideas very much appreciated