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Going down road car hesitated thanran okay than jerked again then shut off smoke came from under hood had it tow home put water in radiator cand used starter fluid to get it started

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It sounds like your timing chain jumped a tooth which puts it off time and will not start without starting fluid. The only cure is a new timing chain.

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