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I steam clean my motor today then change the oil,spark plugs& flushed the cooling system,the car ran great for the first 20 miles then it lost power and the engine died it took a while to get it started when it did start there was a knocking in the engine and it had no power did I do something wrong

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    Jeff Turcotte Oct 01, 2010

    unrelated to your work, but it sounds like the timing belt has slipped. You would have to remove the timing cover and check camshaft timing marks to verify.

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YES,you steam cleaned the engine,it may right itself after drying out(hopefully)when you steam clean, the water particles are much smaller than a normal "hose down"so you may have wet the electronics.if it starts, then let it run for awhile to (hopefully)dry out itself.

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