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Ms.Patty, I have a question and hope you can help... I own a 95 Dodge Stratus that won't start. It will try, i can tell it's not the battery(lights come on). My only thought was maybe the fuel injection pump or maybe the cam position sensor. How can i tell, without replacing both, (I am really broke!!) which is causing the problem? And I heard that you can't only replace the cam sensor, you have to replace the entire distributor, is this true? I am trying to find the cheapest way to get by this... i still have kids to feel and need to find alternate ways to work!! Thanks for any help you can offer.

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Lori Johnson, Owner and Instructor at Ladies Start Your Engines Dear Christina, It depends on what you mean by won't start. Is the vehicle cranking, but just won't start? Just because the lights come on doesn't mean that the battery isn't too low to start the vehicle. As for the other ideas you have suggested, you really should get someone to look at it. Since you have no way to test these components or replace them yourself you really need a professional diagnosis. After you find out what the problem is you'll be able to make an informed decision as to what to do to fix the vehicle. Unfortunately there is no easy answer for this without someone looking at your vehicle. Lori

Patty Streeter,  at AskPatty.com Christina, Check out our expert answers and make sure if you take it to a technician that you only go to your dealership or an ASE certified tech. You can find an ASE certified tech in your area by going here: http://www.ase.com/bluesealsearch/locator.php

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