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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: 1 year ago.
Category: Dodge
Expert:  AZTechBrian replied 1 year ago.

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

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Ran fine till I did the water pump.
Expert:  AZTechBrian replied 1 year 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 1 year ago.
Any thoughts
Expert:  AZTechBrian replied 1 year ago.

replied. please refresh.

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

yes I am here. please allow me time to respond

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
It is not a wire problem
Expert:  AZTechBrian replied 1 year 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 1 year ago.
I am wondering if the timing could have bn messed with at alll
Expert:  AZTechBrian replied 1 year ago.

Did you remove the distributor?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
No
Expert:  AZTechBrian replied 1 year 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 1 year ago.
3litter 6cyl. I put a new rotor button In
Expert:  AZTechBrian replied 1 year ago.

Did you install the rotor locking screw?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
any suggestions
Expert:  AZTechBrian replied 1 year 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 1 year ago.
None it wants to start the issue was before I had put dist.cap
Expert:  AZTechBrian replied 1 year ago.

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

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Correct after waterpump installation
Expert:  AZTechBrian replied 1 year ago.

you did cap and rotor AFTER the water pump?

Expert:  AZTechBrian replied 1 year 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?