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2000 vw passat 2.8 : the car stopped running, thought it was

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2000 vw passat 2.8
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Customer: the car stopped running, thought it was a fuel pump, but no. popped timing belt covers and engine turns over but timing belt is not turinng
JA: Does the engine spark at all? Is there a trouble code or is your "check engine light" on?
Customer: engine turns over but timing belt does not turn, it is not broken
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Customer: possibly
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: VW
Expert:  Chad Farhat replied 1 year ago.

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
2000 vw passat 2.8
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
car just stopped running at a traffic light, thought it was fuel pump but no
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
popped timing belt covers, belt is still intact, but when engine is cranked over belt does not turn
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Expert:  SuperDave replied 1 year ago.

When you crank the engine does the crankshaft pulley turn?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
all the pulleys are turning, except the timing belt
Expert:  SuperDave replied 1 year ago.

Does the camshaft pulley turn with the timing belt?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Expert:  Dan replied 1 year ago.

Hello, my name is Dan.

Either your timing belt tensioner failed, timing belt loose or off crank sprocket. Or you sheared the key way on the crank spocket.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
i was able to access the belt from the top, it still has tension on it, and is still intact, my question is since this is an interference engine, could there have been worse damage done. i was thinking that maybe the teeth chewed off the belt on the crack pulley
Expert:  Dan replied 1 year ago.

Yes you could have bent valves. If it broke while running.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Ok it just died at a traffic light when I was stopped
Expert:  Dan replied 1 year ago.

You still may have bent valves. put a new belt on and see how it runs. you will know right away. Replacing a timing belt is alot easier than cylinder head work.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
is there any way to find out or test it before putting a new timing belt on it
Expert:  Dan replied 1 year ago.

you cannot do a leak down or compression test, because the belt is not moving. If you have a bore scope you could remove spark plugs and look with the camera at the top of pistons and valves. You could remove valve covers and see if any valves are stuck down farther that the rest. You could also remove intake manifold and exhaust manifold and look at the valves.