22nd Apr 2009, 13:15

I have a 94' Geo metro. The timing belt broke while going down the road. Does anyone have any idea how to fix this?

3rd Sep 2010, 19:58

I am an ex Chevrolet Journeyman Technician. I've drove every car Chevy makes, and not much impresses me anymore. I've been driving a 1994 Geo Metro 3cyl, 4dr, automatic, for ten years, what a blessing this car has been. I purchased two more identical cars in the last two years for my kids to have. They have great gas mileage, and you almost can't blow up the motor. I drive 100 miles every day at speeds of 75 to 80 mph. Very dependable, I wish they would bring them back to America they are still sold in every other country around the world. I'll save my money until the automakers get the picture and lose the big car greed. PS I make enough to buy the nicest Vette. No thanks, not a good deal!

5th Jan 2011, 20:28

I have a 94 1.0L 3 cylinder Geo. I bought a used engine; it had a bad blow by. My engine light come on. Need suggestions on what needs to be done.


17th Jun 2011, 01:13

237K and counting on mine. Bought it with 88K 4 years ago, and has been very reliable for me. Manual trans is starting to get tired though...

3rd Nov 2011, 20:23

To fix squeal, remove the belt, rough up the inside of the belt with a steel brush, apply bar soap to the inside of the belt, coat the entire belt, replace and tighten. This may sound crazy, but it works.

3rd Jan 2012, 23:40

It is very common for Geo Metro exhaust valves to go bad. I bought a 94 Metro for 400 bucks; it ran, but would take forever to crank. I removed the cylinder head, and found that all three exhaust valves had huge pieces missing. I replaced the cylinder head with a rebuilt one. Cranks first try every time now.

5th Jan 2012, 21:31

I have a 1994 Geo Metro XFI; with 325,000 miles on it, original engine and burns no oil...

9th Mar 2012, 13:15

You need to check the pulleys and make sure they are not worn out. And the alignment -- running out of alignment or worn out pulleys is what causes the black fluff.

31st Mar 2012, 12:06

I had the same problem, and it was the water pump. Look at the position of the alternator pulley, the crank pulley and the water pump. If your pump is going bad, it may start "walking" slightly outboard to the passenger side as it eats itself up. You should be able to see it. Mine was about 1/2" off from the other pulleys. If that is the case, it needs to be replaced.

28th Apr 2014, 12:33

I have a 1997 3cyl 1L. After having the engine rebuilt, the belt slips (I don't recall this problem prior to the rebuild). If a little on the loose side, the belt makes a squealing sound. If on the tighter side, no squealing but the belt burns as I can smell it after every drive. In the latter case, I still get some life out of the belt (change maybe every 4-6k mile "just in case" and the belt is so-so). When removed, the alternator and water pump turn smoothly. Only the water pump was replaced during the rebuild. I've tried different belts (i.e. gator vs. normal) with no difference. Also tried over the counter remedies for slipping belts as well as rouging up the belt and pulley with no change. All I can figure is maybe it is inherent in the design: a high revving engine with a high inertia alternator making the belt slip. But why did I not see this before; is there a sweet spot for tightening the belt? Any other ideas would be welcome.

21st Dec 2014, 19:33

My 94 Geo Metro has 208094 miles, and still runs great. It starts easily and gets great mileage. The only problem I have had is finding 12 inch tires and inside door handles.

31st Mar 2015, 23:06

The lifters on the 1.0L 3 cylinder are hydraulic. They could be clogged with cruddy oil, and might need to be removed and cleaned.

31st May 2015, 23:18

I am seriously also having the same issue, and my car was going great.

1st Nov 2015, 00:39

Had 170+km on the motor before cylinder 1 gave out. A new motor was cheap and off we go :)

Love my 94 Geo, which still does 45+ MPG.