Q: Timing belt replacement and car still don't start

asked by on

I have a 2004 dodge stratus and my timing belt popped and I got a new one replaced and the car didn't start what should i do next
My car has an automatic transmission.

From what you’ve described you’ll need to remove the spark plugs and have a compression test done. It sounds like you may have bent the valves in the motor when the timing belt broke.

I’d suggest having this looked at by a certified technician, such as one from YourMechanic. Since you can’t get the car started they will be able to come to you in order to diagnose your starting issue. Best of luck.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1,000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Timing belt replacement and car still don't start

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Overheats and blows cold air when heater is on

Hello. From what you are describing it would appear to me that you may be having cooling system issues, or are running low on coolant. Low coolant can cause the engine to overheat, and if the level falls low enough...

Q: Engine fault, parking brake fault, and shifting problem - 2009 Volkswagen Tiguan

Hello. A battery or ground issue is my best guess. There are very few things in the vehicle that can affect several different systems like you are experiencing. You're going to want to check the status of your battery and...

Q: My truck won't start but I used a scanner and it says nothing is wrong with it other than the abs so what could be the problem

Hello, thank you for writing in. The vehicle may not be starting for several reasons. The first thing we need to do is verify if the starter is cranking at full speed. If it is slow or stumbling, then you...

Related articles

How Long Does a Distributor O Ring Last?
The distributor is part of the ignition system in your vehicle and its purpose is to route high voltage from the ignition coil to the spark plug. The spark plug then...
P0052 OBD-II Trouble Code: HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1)
P0052 code definition HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1) What the...
P0240 OBD-II Trouble Code: Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance
P0240 code definition Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance What the P0240 code means P0240 is an OBD-II generic code triggered when the Engine Control Module (ECM) detects the intake boost...