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    I'll relate with my exhaust fan in the greenhouse. The old belt worked fine on it, just too loose....went to put the new one on (it fit fine) but the motor just started hard...I didn't think nothing of it..came back in the evening it got soo hot it burnt out (the metal plate with specs on it was burnt beyond readability). Perhaps you have smelled the burning of the newly installed alternator?

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    I also want to add that a new undercharged battery can cause a alternator to burn out if not charged fully before installation.
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    i never installed the starter just left it hanging connected and turned the key nothing. the smell/smoke was when i had the factory starter on the car. something is just not letting the car crank over. i would think if the timming chain went the car would still turn the starter?? battery and alternator are fine, i get enough power for lights and stuff. maybe the boom i heard wasn't from the old starter and the timming went out??

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    first thing i would do is check the grounds. it might not be the negative battery terminal that's bad. it could be any one of several different grounds.

    my buddy's car would always start real hard. battery had a full charge, starter was fine, it would just crank real slow. i started prying around a bit, and found a bad ground. it was getting late (and cold!) so i took him home, and fixed the connection the next day. after that, it started right up, and has continued to ever since (about a month now).

    on a related note: before i fixed the ground, his cooling fans would only come on once in a while, and his temp gauge would show that he was over heating occasionally. ever since i fixed the ground, the fans work all the time, and he has yet to have the gauge indicate that it's overheating.

    try that and let me know what happens.

    good luck!
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    the reason i got a battery acouple weeks ago was because the car was acting funny- very weak starts. so even when i first put the new one in it still didn't want to start then it was fine for about a week. the car always ran fine even after i would get it to start. just makes no sense... also all the wires are correctly hooked up.

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    well, if the timing chain/belt went out, the first thing i would do (before trying to crank the engine) is find out if a quad 4 is an "interfearance engine" or not. if it is in interfearance engine, and the timing chain/belt went, you could wipe out more expensive parts..

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    Timing belt wouldn't have anything to do with cranking the motor. Starter motors don't get weak.. they either work or they don't. Lights don't mean the battery is good. Turn on the lights and everything and then try cranking the motor. If everything goes black then the battery charge is bad or it's not taking the load. Have you tried jumping it with another car lately to see if it makes a difference in how well it cranks over?

    Recap because I still don't follow everything you did and in what order and how the car reacted:

    Replaced battery a couple weeks ago - weak starts. Worked perfectly for about a week then the starts began getting weaker??
    Replaced starter today because it was cranking poorly, afterwards the new starter does nothing.

    I am guessing your alternator is not charging properly. After about a week the new battery finally ran down enough that it was affecting the starts again.

    Try jumping the car.

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    hmm maybe your right- well if you are then i don't have to worry about the starter going bad anytime soon. only thing is i never got and lightsd on the dash for the alternator

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