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Fluid leaked on belt; car won't fully crank;how do i get to run?

Power steering fliud leaked onto serpentine belt ;belt shredded inside car;replaced power steerinr pump w/ pulley, new belt,car ran for seconds when starter fluid was used, but won't stay running; did belt when shredded disconnect something?

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Check you crank sensor wiring. wires run from behind a plastic cover up and out towards the radiator. good luck

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