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Drove through a water puddle and the engine started steaming and died. Now it wont start, it tries to turn over and start but it wont. What could it be?

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Dodge Intrepids have a water pump that is driven by the timing chain. Kind of bad design because when it leaks a lot must be replaced.

If it is trying to turn over but won't, then something could have seized up.

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news.

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