Sounds reasonable. Is there an easy way to confirm this?
The biggest hassle is that the car is dead in the parking garage at my place of work. If the timing belt is the problem, could it be fixed where the car is now, or is there at least some way to get it running? Or do I need to bite the bullet and have it towed?
Is there any way to confirm that the timing belt has slipped, other than checking compression? If not, what is low, anything below 10 kg/cm?
Is there any way to adjust the belt to get the engine running so I can get the car out of the parking garage? I don't think there is enough headroom for a tow truck.
The timing belt is not the problem. I removed the cover and bumped the starter several times to visually inspect the whole length - absolutely no defects or signs of slippage.
The engine cranks but intermittentlly backfires (simultaneously making a loud chirping sound), blowing smoke out the carburetor inlet, but won't start or run. What could cause this sudden problem? How can I troubleshoot it?
Yes, on spark.
Haven't tried starting fluid, but the fuel pump failed some years ago and it didn't act at all the way it does now; when the fuel pump failed it would crank endlessly without any sign of ignition. The back firing now is what has me totally puzzled.