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Car won't start??

We recently were driving down the road when our power steering pulley broke and 2 of the 3 bolts came out, causing the serpentine belt to shred and our car stalled out. We got in towed home, took everything apart, got a new pulley, bolts and belt, put everything back together but now it won't start.
Hooked a battery charger up to it all night, didn't help, tried to jump it with another car, still didn't help. We are just stuck with what could be wrong. When we go to start it, it sounds like it wants to start it just won't kick over so we know it's not the starter. Any and all suggestions would be great. We have 2 kids with one on the way and need a car! Thanks!

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Remove the serpentine belt and see if it cranks over. Something in that area screwed up to cause all that to happen. Breaking power steering pump pulleys is rare. I am assuming from your description that the starter won't crank the engine. If I am wrong please clarify.

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