Could it be a timing issue? 2002 Ponitac Sunfire SE

Asked by Nov 22, 2013 at 09:27 PM about the 2002 Pontiac Sunfire SE Coupe

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

My son accidently shifted from third to second instead of forth while getting on the freeway, and heard grinding, so he went to neutral, but when he pushed on the gas, nothing happened.  So he pulled over and shut off his car, and when we got there to tow it, it wouldn't start.  Towed it home and it still won't start.  You can tell it's not an alternator, or starter..... could it have jumped out-of-time?

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possibly a quick jolt could snap the belt, and if so that's better than jumping teeth, pull back the belt cover and see what you can.

It has a chain, not belt :(

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