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Old 06-20-2010, 05:40 PM
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What happened?!?

My car died on the highway and refused to start after that.

So this is the first time I'm actually driving my car for over 2 hours nonstop. I had to pick up my dad's friends in Biloxi then take them home 20 minutes past my house. So from my place in Florida to Biloxi and back is like 2hrs and 45 minutes.

so the speed limit on I-10 is 70 but I drove 80-85 the whole way. which made the rpm's run at 4k the whole way, but there weren't any problems at all. I get there, pick them up, and start heading back. At the time my car died I had been running the engine nonstop for 4 hours (is that bad?). Now what happened is that before the tunnel to Mobile the road suddenly goes from 4 to 2 lanes, and all the people who clearly can't read were forcing themselves into the 2 tunnel lanes at the last minute. So the lady in front of me slams on her brakes because some slowmo cuts her off, and I do too. but for what reason I don't know, my car stalled... and I was in neutral. even if I had been in 5th still, the car shouldn't have stalled because when it did the speedo read 60mph. I tried starting it again and popping the clutch. neither worked. So after I push it off to the side of the road and try to turn it on again, before cranking it I check the gauges, and the temp reads 1 bar above operating. but it was normal before I stalled.

Basically my question is... what could cause my car to suddenly stall by hitting the brakes?
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Re: What happened?!?

I slammed on the brakes and stalled the car back when I used to drive my auto cavalier.

soo....i dunno. it started for me.
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Re: What happened?!?

my 5th auto did that alot, thats because my transmission was going out. XD! but, Not to scare you, 5th gen autos suck. Id just get it checked up on.
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Re: What happened?!?

Know how to check you timing belt?
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not a clue. :/
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Re: What happened?!?

could be the check valve on the brake booster that allows the engine to idle when braking ,need more trouble shooting .
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Re: What happened?!?

That sounds weird, I would check the timing belt.
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Re: What happened?!?

To check the timing belt, you pretty much gotta take the valve cover off, unless you can pry the plastic cover on the side off without having to lift the valve cover off.

If you're gonna raise the valve cover (the thing that your spark plug wires go into the top of), you're probably gonna need to purchase a new valve cover gasket; $18-$27 depending on where you get it.

If I were you, I would not continue attempting to start it until you can check this. Our engines are 'interference motors' which means that if the timing belt is not on, your crankshaft can spin freely and cause the pistons to smash against the valves in the top of your motor, because without the timing belt on, the valves aren't opening and closing in unison with the piston's up and down movement. Uhhh...FYI :)

But yeah, there's numerous threads on timing belt check and replacement, lots of pictures..just do a search on at (as well as your other problems), spend a few minutes sifting through different threads, and you're bound to find a fix for everything.
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Re: What happened?!?

You don't have to remove the valve cover to see if the timing belt is intact. Just pull the distributor cap and crank the engine and see if the rotor spins. You can look under the open hood and see the rotor.

If the belt is intact it's probably an ignitor. Expensive part, easy to replace. It's the module inside the distributor and can be seen with the cap off. My fifth gen has four wires going to it.

Yes, you can crash valves, but with all the tries the OP has done so far it has probably all ready happened.

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Re: What happened?!?

It was the timing belt. We had the car towed to the "nearest mechanic" which was a Pepboy's hahaha. But they say it'll cost about $955 to replace it. I think that's way too pricey for a 3~4hr job. Is that a fair price though?
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