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I have a 1997 cavalier, the car was leaking coolant, I was told the water pump need to be changed and the thermostat. I had that done by a friend.Once he was done he had me crank the car, The car started smoking a little near the water pump. I cut the car off and he said restart it. It wouldn't start after that any suggestions what may have gone wrong?

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  • barnes_jerel Oct 07, 2009

    I checked the oil and it's not milky, looks pretty good. No smoke or anything coming from the tailpipe the day the car was running..Someone said it may be the the timing chain.

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CHECK THE ALTERNATOR TO SEE IF IT HAS CEAZED .THESE CARS ARE KNOWN FOR CEAZING ALTERNATORS ,IF THEY SET FO ANY LENGTH OF TIME WITHOUT BEING STARTED IT' A GIVEN.

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    danny herget Oct 08, 2009

    IF IT IS THE TIMING BELT ,YOU SHOULD BE ABLE TO TAKE OFF THE OIL FILL CAP AND WITH A FLASHLIGHT WATCH THE VALVE TRAIN THROUGH THE HOLE AND SEE IF IT'S TURNING.IF IT IS, IT'S NOT THE BELT.

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Drain a little oil from the oil pan under the engine and look at the fluid.....is it sort of milky looking or have radiator fluid in it?

How is the exhaust pipe? Does it look "foggy" when it is running?

If so on either, you have a blown head gasket or cracked cylinder head.

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