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Put on water pump in a caravan 97 now does not run, No it

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Put on water pump in a caravan 97 now does not run
JA: Has the vehicle ever overheated? And when was it last serviced?
Customer: No it was running fine
JA: Are you fixing your Caravan yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: I put a new distributed, cap and rotor button
JA: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?
Customer: No
Submitted: 8 months ago.
Category: Dodge
Expert:  AZTechBrian replied 8 months ago.

Hi. Was it running before you installed the distributor cap and rotor?

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
Customer: replied 8 months ago.
Ran fine till I did the water pump.
Expert:  AZTechBrian replied 8 months ago.

Ok. Are sure that you have all wires routed correctly? Please double check all the spark plug wires and make sure they are all correct. Which engine do you have? I will get you a diagram showing which wires go where.

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
Any thoughts
Expert:  AZTechBrian replied 8 months ago.

replied. please refresh.

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
What refresh
Expert:  AZTechBrian replied 8 months ago.

Are sure that you have all wires routed correctly? Please double check all the spark plug wires and make sure they are all correct. Which engine do you have? I will get you a diagram showing which wires go where.

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
I change wires 1 at a time so there is no confusion
Customer: replied 8 months ago.
Are you there
Expert:  AZTechBrian replied 8 months ago.

yes I am here. please allow me time to respond

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
It is not a wire problem
Expert:  AZTechBrian replied 8 months ago.

Was it running before you did the cap and rotor?

Did you replace the spark plug wires as well? or just the cap and rotor.

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
I am wondering if the timing could have bn messed with at alll
Expert:  AZTechBrian replied 8 months ago.

Did you remove the distributor?

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
No
Expert:  AZTechBrian replied 8 months ago.

Then your timing is not the problem unless you turned the distributor. Maybe the button inside the cap is not present, or the rotor is not making contact. What engine do you have?

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
3litter 6cyl. I put a new rotor button In
Expert:  AZTechBrian replied 8 months ago.

Did you install the rotor locking screw?

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
any suggestions
Expert:  AZTechBrian replied 8 months ago.

My suggestions are that if it was running before replacing the cap and rotor, and now afterwards it is not running, then the steps absolutely have to be retraced as the issue is related with that project. Either a plug wire accidently got plugged onto the wrong lug, or wires not fully snapped on, or the button missing or damaged, etc. If this happened not after the cap and rotor, but after the water pump, then check to make sure that nothing got unplugged. Do you get any kind of stumbling, popping, anything as you attempt to start?

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
None it wants to start the issue was before I had put dist.cap
Expert:  AZTechBrian replied 8 months ago.

oh, so it was NOT starting before the cap and rotor were done?

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
Correct after waterpump installation
Expert:  AZTechBrian replied 8 months ago.

you did cap and rotor AFTER the water pump?

Expert:  AZTechBrian replied 8 months ago.

Unless something was unplugged and neglected to get plugged back in, the water pump shouldn't cause a no start condition. Have you thoroughly inspected the area and made sure absolutely nothing was left unplugged or disconnected?

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