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Timing belt not broke, but engine has no compression on a 1997 chrysler sebring.

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You have a zero clearance engine, meaning there is no room for clearance between the pistons when they're up and the valves are closed. If the belt broke there is a high probability that the valve(s) came in contact with the pistons and caused significant damage to the valve, valves, or cylinder head.

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