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Won't start,was told timing chain was broken but not sure

Car was running fine,,then wouldn't start...was told it was the rotor button,replaced that still nothing,it will wind over but will not start
I was just told it needed a timing chain,I need help with this please anyone who may know what else I can try,can't not afford to put in shop
it's a 1994 mazda 323 4 cyclinder automatic

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I HAVE THE SAME CAR! ...and same problem.... After 4 days of jerking around.... I found the problem...
1) pull off the distributor cap... --- hang it AWAY from the distributor
2) get in the car and KICK IT OVER....
3) If the distributor base does not turn, you have a bad timing belt
(NOT A PROBLEM, cause it is a non-interference motor -- CONSIDER YOURself lucky!)
4) if it does turn, most likely it is the IGNITOR (or ignition control module) -- $90 at Checkers....

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