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    Help! Caddy died and won't start

    I was in the middle lane, I poked the accelerator to get up to speed to get into my lane. i got in the lane, and my car died suddenly. it didn't stumble around or choke, just died. I coasted to the gas station, and tried to crank it. First time, it didn't turn over, like it was binded, then I tried again, and it spun freely. It doesn't really sound like it has much compression or something. It's getting fuel alright. I took the rotor cap off and it looks pretty charged, but it's been doing fine. I scraped the crap off and put it back on, but it still wouldn't start. But I wouldn't think that would cause it to suddenly die anyhow. Oh geeze, I'm sooo broke what are you guys' opinon?

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    Re: Help! Caddy died and won't start

    no one has to reply to this. I've got plenty of ideas to try tomorrow!

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    Re: Help! Caddy died and won't start

    Let us know what happened when you figure it out.

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    Re: Help! Caddy died and won't start

    [QUOTE=LacSeville] It doesn't really sound like it has much compression or something. QUOTE]
    Hmm. Take the rotor cap back off. Have someone crank the engine while you watch the rotor. If it doesn't spin, your timing chain broke or slipped off. I know that's rare, but it's possible. That would explain the loss of compression. Otherwise it sounds really strange.

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    Re: Help! Caddy died and won't start

    With it binding up like it did the first time i would highly guese that the timing chain broke. does it pop back into the intake any? you may want to take one valve cover off and have some one turn the engin over and see if valves move. i can't rember if the distributer runs off cam or crank. i realy don't rember.. i know when my timing chain broke my car died just like yours did.

    please post back would like to see what you come up with.

    good luck

    EDIT:: i check wtih a friend quickly.. taking the distributer cap off and watching should work. it is driven off cam and oil pump is drive off of it

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    Re: Help! Caddy died and won't start

    My 86 Deville did the same thing a week ago. Like was said, pull the cap off and check if the rotor is turning. Mine would turn and then not turn. The distributor gear was worn down halfway around. Sometimes it would catch and sometimes not. Replaced the distributor with one from the wrecking yard and it runs fine.

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