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1999 9-5 wagon won't start. Car has 180k mi on it and usually runs fine. Wife took it less than a mile away on a 94 F. degree day. She said it started, died and then didn't start again. Called me to come get her, and I had her try to start it. It started and then stalled. From now on it just cranks and won't start even the next day after having it towed home. SID is broken so can't get a reading off of it. My ODBII doesn't show anything. The key remote needs a battery and I've been opening the car manually for some time now. The car is an automatic 4cyl, so I tried to start it in neutral and played with the shifter in park, etc. Still won't start. No burnt plastic smell to the DI (replaced 4-5 yrs ago). Any other ideas or suggestions?

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Check for a broken timing belt. Since it only cranks now the one time it came to life and then died could have been, well for lack of a better term luck of alignment. If it is broken then besides having to replace that you will most likely have to have the valves replaced and the head re-worked.

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