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Thursday while driving home from work, my 2008 Chevy Aveo5

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Thursday while driving home from work, my 2008 Chevy Aveo5 lost power then died. I coasted to the side and had it towed home. Inspection revealed oil in the plug wells and a bad timing belt (teeth stripped off). I changed out the valve cover gasket, plugs, plug wires and timing belt today. Made sure all timing marks were aligned. Engine turns, there is spark at every plug, but the engine just will not start. Tried a shot of starting fluid thinking maybe I had a fuel delivery issue, still no luck. I'm at my wit's end, please help!
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Chevy
Expert:  Gary replied 1 year ago.

I am sorry your having this problem

these engines are interference engines which means if the timing has jumped the valve will contact the pistons and bend the valves

if the timing marks are correct pull the spark plugs and do a compression test

the odds are there will be 0 compression or very close to 0 on all or most of the cylinders which then the cylinder head will need to be pulled and the valves replaced to correct this issue

Expert:  Gary replied 1 year ago.

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