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The post that was quoted here has been removedSounds like a belt problem or the device that takes up the slack in the belts. My brother was a mechanic.
The post that was quoted here has been removedlast thing you need is your timing belt to go, seriously. You may have been fortunate and its some other belt like the fan or the alternator, but timing belt indirectly controls when your valves open and close, imagine the crunching if it all went random.
The post that was quoted here has been removedIf it is an overhead cam engine it may indeed have a timing belt, if that breaks while you're driving, you could do serious damage to the engine such as bent valves, destroyed pistons, metal chunks in the combustion chamber. Of course if you don't start it, that won't happen. Hard to tell without first checking the visible exterior belts that run the power steering, alternator etc. The timing belt is under a cover on the front of the engine, and requires dis-assembly unless there are view covers on it. 😕 Better safe than destroying the engine. 🙂 Get the thing towed. 😉
The post that was quoted here has been removedReplacing the cam belt is a fairly expensive job but if it needs it or actually if you have not had it replaced in say 60000 miles then it is a must preventative.