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It died. went to restart it and it would crank but wouldnt start. let it set overnight and it started drove it for a short drive. shut it offf and now it wont start at all. there was also a burning smell but couldnt see where

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I have not heard of this problem on an 850, but my first suspect would be the crank position sensor (aka pulse generator). It is a thumb-sized sensor that plugs in to the flywheel end of your engine and has about a 1 ft wire lead on it. I can't tell you exactly where it is on an 850 because I have never had to look for it.
My first suspect for the burning smell you report would be a hot starter from cranking the car for a long time. Starters are designed to be cranked for only up to about 10 seconds at a time between cooldowns.

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