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Enclosed is complete instructions for timing belt replacement on your 1997 2.3
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When you say cranking , do you me it will not start or it will not turn over? It should turn crank and run with the serp belt off as long as the battery is charged up.
Did the timing belt break or just doing a maintence replacement?
Because it broke it may have damage the cranshaft sensor, take a close look at it and see if it was hit. If its been damaged it would cause a no spark condiation.
If all looks good then run this test.
1. Check the resistance of the crankshaft position sensor. It should indicate a reading of 300-650 ohms.2. Check alternating current output voltage of the crankshaft position sensor measuring between the two wires of the sensor as the engine is cranking. The sensor should output a reading of at least 0.5 volts alternating current.3. If the crankshaft position sensor resistance is within range but the alternating current output voltage is low, remove the timing cover and crankshaft pulley, if necessary, to inspect the crankshaft position sensor trigger wheel for broken teeth or a chunk of gasket or timing belt to be wedged between the sensor and trigger wheel.4. If the sensor resistance and output voltage appear to be OK, swap the circuits in the sensor connection and recheck for the spark and injector pulse. If there is still no spark or injector pulse, swap the circuits back and replace the powertrain control module.