Stripped timing belt..
Driving my xterra from to walmart in richmond, and instantly quits going up a small incline. Try to start it again and nothing but an increased rpm crank. No fire. I spend two hours trouble shooting and eventually come to the realization that my timing belt has broke or the gear on the camshaft has been sheared. I had to walk home at 12 at night in 15 degree weather. My x has 198000 miles on it. I bought it assuming that at 188000 miles it had been changed at some point around 100000. I was going to change it again at200000. So my question is, what are your experiences with timing belts stripping and is there a way to check the valves without comepletely stripping the engine? I have mine down to the timing belt and some of the intake manifold off.