1997 Chrysler Concorde making noise like a tractor

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DANIELLE0316
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I have a 1997 chrysler concorde LXI, mileage of 97000, and 3.5 engine. I recently had the timing belt replaced by my uncle. Since then I have not been able to drive it because it is making a tractor like noise when it is started. I had someone else look at it and they said that the belt is on as tight as it would go, there are no missing or stripped bolts, and the valves are not bent. Any advice on why it would still be making that noise? Please help its been since January since my car has ran.
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Wednesday, August 29th, 2007 AT 8:21 AM

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Tiny
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Is that timing belt or serpentine belt?

Why was it replaced in the first place?

Other than the noise does it drive?
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Wednesday, August 29th, 2007 AT 8:30 AM
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IT IS THE TIMING BELT AND IT WAS REPLACED BECAUSE I PULLED TO THE HOUSE TO PICK UP MY CHILDREN AND IT JUST WOULDNT START. A MECHANIC FRIEND OF MINE LOOKED AT THE BELT AND IT HAD BROKEN. AND YES IT DOES START AND YOU CAN DRIVE IT BUT I HAVENT BECAUSE I DO NOT WANT TO BREAK THE BELT AGAIN OR SOMEONE SAID I COULD BEND THE VALVES.
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Wednesday, August 29th, 2007 AT 8:39 AM
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This is not an interference engine so don't worry about valves bending. Often a water pump with bad bearing can make a heck of a growl.

Have you had your uncle look at since he did the work?
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Wednesday, August 29th, 2007 AT 9:22 AM
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No I havent let him touch it because after the 10th time of taking it apart he was like im finished and left so now its at a mechanic shop and thats what he said that he cant find the reason for the noise. We also replaced the ensioner and he wants me to bring over the old one so he can see if theres any difference because he said thats all he can think of. So should I call and tell them to check the water pump and see if thats it?
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Wednesday, August 29th, 2007 AT 9:28 AM
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Okay I'm with now. Those timing belts are tough.

A technique that we use is to take a long prybar or screw driver ( there are stethescopes like a doctor uses available also) to narrow down the source. By placing the tip of the tool at various points on the engine, pulley areas etc, and the plastic handle end right on your ear, you can slowly get to the source.
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Wednesday, August 29th, 2007 AT 9:40 AM

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