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3.5 will not start just back fires serverly

3.5 intrepid will back fire so hard it sounds like a shot gun going off. i pulled out the cover and timing belt was worn out serverly, i i still didnt check the crank, but the cams are still set. my real question is if the crank is off but the cam is set, would i still be able to put in a new belt and reset the crank then proble solved. it back fires so hard the air breather connections will come appart, after belt and time set and not start do have to replace senors like crank and cam. i also know about the water pump sould be changed. so remember back fire does the motor still have a chance.

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Get new belt installed & all aligned as it should be & do compression test before going any further to make sure. If good compression there in all cylinders, you probably dodged ( no pun intended) a bullet. Not 100% sure whether that is an interference engine or not, but will see if I can find out. By the sounds of the backfiring description, I'd be tempted to say you still have good compression. here's to hoping. Make sure when you get it back running that you keep a close eye on oil & coolant levels for a while just in case the backfiring cause some gaskets or seals to blow. Watch for difference between cylinders when doing compression test.

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