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I located the green and black connecters and connected the green connecters and got a code 13 and according to the Haynes manual code 13 is the cam angle sensor. I hope its not the timing belt. Are there any symptoms or sounds that would let me know that its the timing belt?

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Also when I had both the green and black connectors connected at the same time I started to hear a clicking noise until I disconnected one of them. Is there a way to clear the codes when the car wont start?

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Pull the covers to see the timing belt rotation / condition etc. Code 13 is Crank sensor on SPI. What did you replace exactly?

 

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I found some factory service information for a 92 Legacy and it shows code 13 is for the cam sensor and code 11 is for the crank sensor so your manual information is correct. Since you replaced the correct sensor and it didn't make any change I think you should definately now check for a broken timing belt.

 

The green plugs are tied together only when a check on the systems needs to be made and is called the Diagnostic Mode. This turns things on an causes the clicking you heard and is normal. Tieing the black connectors together will allow the error codes in memory to be seen. To clear the memory both sets of connectors are tied together and the engine is then started. Clearing the memory will get rid of past codes but if there are active codes they won't go away.

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First, thing in the morning, I will remove one or both of the end covers and look for a broken timing belt. Is it common for a broken belt to cause the cam position sensor to go off?

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Broken belt=cams not turning=no cam sensor signal=code 13

 

I wouldn`t expect a broken belt to damage the sensor,but,possible.

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I was able to remove the left or driverside timing belt cover and get a good look at the timing belt. It seemed tight and in place. i mark a location on the belt with some chalk and when I attempted to crank the engine I notice the time belt had not move. Is that normal?

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Could mean some teeth are stripped off the belt. Or that you cranked it just long enough for your mark to come back to the same place it started from.

The better way if you don't have a helper to turn the key while you watch, is to turn the crank by hand with a breaker bar and socket.

 

Listen to the engine in this video. Yours will sound similar if your cams don't turn or are out of time. (broken/skipped belt)

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I have a 1992 legacy I use almost exclusively to drive to and from the train ~2miles each way. On Friday it died on my way to the train. I towed it home, It turns over but does not fire up, i tried starter fluid and it wouldn't fire up. Today I discovered that my check engine light doesn't work so I have not been able to pull the codes. I am getting sparks at each plug and checked the coil the resistance is the same as a new one which I decided not buy. It sounds like I'm getting some compression on each cylinder so I don't think it is the timing chain. The gas pump works, I'm not sure what I should do next. I am going to pull the dash and see if a can fix the check engine light but saw this and thought the problem sounded similar

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Sounds like the coil is good since you do have spark, and you verified coil resistance.

The other two things you need are fuel and compression.

You may be getting fuel, but is it the correct amount of fuel?

The fact that you don't have any fire from spraying starting fluid may mean its already getting enough fuel, and that compression is the problem.

 

It's fairly easy to verify timing marks, I'd do that before dropping $$$ on a fuel pump.

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first things first - check the timing belt - dont guess on this - actually physically check it.

If the belt is on & tight, rotate the engine by hand (22mm socket/breaker bar on the crank bolt) and check teeth on the belt to make sure none are missing/damaged.

You can do all of this by removing the outer timing covers - nothing else needs to be removed yet.

 

There isnt a whole lot that will cause a no start on the early EJ22s - you have gas, you have spark - my money is on a broken/damaged timing belt.

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I have no idea when the timing belt was last done,I bought it six years ago with 1740000 miles on it and in the service notes I got it doesn't mention the timing belt. Is there a way to check the belt without pulling off the belts radiator covers and the timing covers etc? Basically it there an easy way to see it?

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I have no idea when the timing belt was last done,I bought it six years ago with 1740000 miles on it and in the service notes I got it doesn't mention the timing belt. Is there a way to check the belt without pulling off the belts radiator covers and the timing covers etc? Basically it there an easy way to see it?

 

 

first things first - check the timing belt - dont guess on this - actually physically check it.

If the belt is on & tight, rotate the engine by hand (22mm socket/breaker bar on the crank bolt) and check teeth on the belt to make sure none are missing/damaged.

You can do all of this by removing the outer timing covers - nothing else needs to be removed yet.

 

There isnt a whole lot that will cause a no start on the early EJ22s - you have gas, you have spark - my money is on a broken/damaged timing belt.

 

Already answered above - remove the OUTER timing covers - nothing else needs to be touched at this point.

 

the timing cover is 3 seperate sections - the 2 outer pieces can be removed without touching anything else, the center section is the one that will require removing accessory belts, and crank pulley in order to remove it.

 

there are three 10mm bolts that hold each outer cover on - one on the top and two on the lower side of each section.

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The end sections of the timing cover can be removed without removing anything else. 3 bolts on each side. Might need to remove the coolant reservoir (2 bolts on top then pull up) to get room for the drivers side cover.

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I want to give an update, when I pulled the covers, I didn't see anything wrong with the sprockets or belt but the timing marks were off. when looking at it from the front the one on my right had the mark dead center top and the mark on the one to my left was probably 45 degrees off from that. So I ordered the new belt and took off the rest of the belts etc and the center cover. The belt doesn't look worn or broken and I don't see any missing teeth. But since I ordered the belt, took everything off and the timing is off I'm going to replace the belt and water pump and make sure the timing is set right.

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you should get idler pulleys and oil seals as well - do the job right so you dont have to go back in again for another 100,000 miles.

 

Also, since the belt was not broken, but it was out of time, I would also get a new tensioner for it. the tensioner is probably weak and allowed the belt to skip.

 

There are several good writeups around here for doing your timing - read through them so you have a good understanding of what to do.

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Inspect all the pulleys ans the bearings can fail, the belt can skip. Inspect the tensioner as if it is weak, it can cause the belt to skip.

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I removed a hose from the fuel filter and tried cranking the car and plenty of fuel came out. So, this should let me know that the fuel pump and fuel pump relay is working properly. Please confirm. Also, where is the crank position sensor?

Next time just squirt some starting fluid in. If it fires, then you aren't getting fuel. If it doesn't fire, you aren't getting spark. Much safer than letting fuel squirt out. All it takes is a spark from something and poof no more :(

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