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My serpentine belt broke I shut the car off,It was runing fine.I replaced the belt now the car will not start.It turns over but will not fire. When the belt broke it tore into small chunks, could one of the chunks have hit something.

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  • gary_clever Jan 02, 2011

    this makes sence to me I will give it a try. thank you

  • gary_clever Jan 03, 2011

    This was a good try,and it makes sence, but it did not work. Is there something else I can try?


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Hello i can help Chrysler's are frisky i have two of them. the best solution i can give you is using the proper sized wrench disconnect the battery to reset your engine computer it is just like your PC at home install or update you Ned to restart or reboot.While your battery is disconnected take a very close look around the engine for any wire that you might have unplugged replacing the belt if all is good reconnect battery and it should start up for you.Quote I'm in a Chrysler dealer ship i see and do these resets 5-10 times a day.

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  • John Jon Jan 03, 2011

    Thank you!


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