I have a 2004 that died while I was driving it about 35 mph. Coasted to a stop and it has never started since. Never heard any strange sounds or had any issues with the car at all prior to it just dying all of a sudden. Fluid levels are all fine. Makes exactly the same sound as https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kjhSR8RJPw4 . Pullys all turn and not much else happens.
It's sitting in a dirt yard now and there is not a lot I can do on it there. Limited tools and unstable surface. Timing belt was replaced about 5k miles ago at a dealer. I can get the timing belt cover off enough to just see the top of the belt and it is still there and *seems* like tension is good. I don't have the tools or space to get the cover off completely to see if something happened below.
I thought maybe the engine was seized so, I took off the serp belt and tried turning the crank by hand. I was surprised to find it turned pretty easily. Thetre is still some resistance but, I can do it with one hand and didn't need a breaker bar. I can see the timing belt move and the cams rotate through the oil filler. Metal sounds are maybe a bit loud but, it turns freely. Should it be this easy to turn ? Seems a bit like I have no compression but, I am not sure how hard it should be to turn. If the timing belt broke I hear all the valves get bent but, the belt is still there. Maybe one of the other pullys went though. Seems the likely thing and I'll have to get it somewhere to check further but, I figured I'd ask how hard the crank is to turn when it's all working right. Any thoughts on any checks I can do with just a socket set in a dirt field ?