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On 1998 2.4 caravan Why am I getting no real compression after changing timing belt? Seems to spin very easy.

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videopix123, There are many reasons for a vehicle dieing at any given time. However, what you discribe here with the engine spinning fast leads me to think that the timing belt is broken. With the engine spinning fast sounds like there is no compression in the cylinders. When the timing belt breaks, a few valves will be left open and compression cannot build up and this will allow the engine to spin fast. You state that you "checked the timing belt by moving the top of cover and it seems fine and new." Do this again and have someone try to start the vehicle. If the belt does not move then it is broken and needs to be replaced. If this is not the case then, with my apologies, please feel free to resubmit your question. Good luck with this.

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could be the timing belt. they should be changed every sixty thousand miles. If the car sounds like it spins over real fast could be the timing belt. Take off the timing belt cover to look at it or pull a few spark plugs out and check for compression. If you have no compression most likely is the belt. If you find the timing belt did break you have even more trouble because you have what is called an interference engine which means if the timing belt breaks the valves will get hit by the pistons and bend them then you will need major engine work. Although it could be your fuel pump too. check for fuel pressure and also check to see if you have spark at your spark plugs. so many different things can cause a car not to start.

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It is possible that this is a zero clearence engine. Meaning that the valves can hit the pistons if the cam timing is off or the timing belt breaks. I would strongly suspect that you have bent valves. This can easily be diagnosed with a compression test. If valves are bent the repair will require at least a rebuilt cylinder head and gaskets. It is also possible that there could be piston damage as well. The reason it is not starting is it has no compression due to bent valves.

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