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Ok i have a 99 neon with a problem. i just replaced the head b/c i had a water pump go out that took out the timing belt ansd bent 6 valves. i replaced all off this and put car back together. it turns over and has fuel and spark but will not start. any help would be appreciated.thanks

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    Joe A May 29, 2011

    I am assuming you have fuel injection and electronic ignition. Please clarify. If you have a distributor? Are you sure you got the timing chain or belt back in with the marks in the proper alignment?

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Go back over what you have done and make sure all electrical connections are hooked up including ground connections, also make sure you got the cam timing correct. If you have fuel and spark, clean spark plugs and good compression you will be okay.

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