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Car won't start

I have just had the timing chain and water pump replaced on 01' Stratus 2.4 SE and it ran just fine for 2 days and all of a sudden it would not start.Tried to jump boost it and it still would not start. Car would not even turn over, but after rocking the car the lights would come on and the radio would play. The car would have clicking sounds while turning the ignition.What would you think tyhe problem would be?

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You should check your ground cable on your battery if nothing turns on.

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