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Old 26 Apr 2019, 04:27 pm
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Default No Start After Timing Belt

I have read a multitude of the threads covering this problem, but I have yet to find my solution:

2001 PT Cruiser (non turbo) 2.4L

Sister driving it down the interstate, something flew up into it and crushed the water pump gear. Timing belt remained sort-of on, but obviously jumped teeth.

Tore down the PT, installed new water pump and timing belt.

Wouldn't start - cranks and seems to fire on a couple cylinders, but won't go all the way.

Looked at timing again, it was off a bit. So I redid the timing -- 6 times.

This last time, the timing seems to be dead-on, and even after trying to start and rotating crank manually, everything remains aligned (crank and cams).

I can sit there and hold the key in ignition and it kind of tries to start, you think its going to catch, a few cylinders fire and the muffler poofs out some white smoke, but then it just dies off and after a moment will do the same again...

Any thoughts, what to check/attempt next?
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Old 26 Apr 2019, 06:13 pm
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Default Re: No Start After Timing Belt

The camshaft sensor and coil plug get switched as they are the same. Check to make sure they are connected properly.
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Old 30 Apr 2019, 06:53 pm
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Default Re: No Start After Timing Belt

I never had to unplug the cam sensor for the timing belt work...

I did see where people said try unplugging the cam sensor and then see if the car will start.. tried that, but then the battery died so not sure yet. Is this a real technique?

Also, I hear that its a non-interfering engine so the pistons won't interfere with valves, but is the cams are way out they can mess with eachother??? The cams were way out of time with eachother.

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Old 30 Apr 2019, 08:21 pm
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I would suggest first checking the engine compression in all cylinders. Post what you find.
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Old 03 May 2019, 04:53 am
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Default Re: No Start After Timing Belt

Check the wiring harness near the passenger axle shaft for damage.
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