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97 cavalier will not start

The car died at a light and would not restart. will turn-over. timing belt replaced 10 mo. ago. suspect it may have broken again. how can i check this?

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Pull the inspection cover and u will see it and have someone turn it over and u will see if it has gone bad but u might have a bad crankshaft sensor

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