1997 Ford Escort Base 4 Cyl 2.00L
It has spark and gas and turns over fine but wont start. what could it bee??
when this happened it did start but quit within 5 seconds and hasent started since. i was told it might bee the timing belt and if that happend then it is a good chance that the pistons could come up and hit the lifters n bend them. could this be possiable???
If your timing has skipped, then yes, you could damage the valves (not the lifters normally, the push rods and valves are most likely to bend). Did it make a strange noise when it happened? Grab a timing light and see where it is firing #1 when cranking. If it is way off, then yes you have a timing problem. A compression test will also let you know however those are more time consuming.