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May 25, 2010, 1:28 pm

Andrew S
 

Question: Car won't start

this beauty of a rust-bucket was supposedly running when I bought it from a friend. 174k miles onnit, had a spark-plug shoot out of it a year ago and was running on 3 cylinders. All I had to do was fix the head. Replaced the head, gaskets, plugs, and wires. Timing marks are lined up, spark gets to the plugs, and fuel gets to the injectors...why won't it start for me????


May 26, 2010, 3:47 pm

Elizabeth K
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This is the hardest part of a head job, getting it to start again. You really need to step back and go over the basics. An engine needs fuel, spark, compression and timing to run.

Are the plug wires in the proper order? Are the plug wires firmly seated on their connectors? Is the distributor set properly? Have you tried playing with the ignition timing/moving the distributor? Are all the engine sensors hooked up (MAF, ECT)? Is the engine ground connected? How is the engine compression?


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May 27, 2010, 8:32 am

Andrew S
 

Well, here goes: It's a 4-cylinder engine. Two wires go to one side and the other two on the other, all new wires and plugs- even gooped them with dielectric grease. There is no distributer on this vehicle-all electronic-and spark gets to the plug. There is supposedly only one way to install the timing belt-align cam marks and crank mark. I've checked resistance on fuel injectors and cam sensors too. I'm perplexed but going to adjust timing in my own way to see if crank spocket is OFF the mark.


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November 8, 2010, 11:26 pm

Andrew S
 

Silly me! crank mark was covered in gobs of oil, grease and other crud. Once cleaned off, the mark was off and had to adjusted. Started up!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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November 9, 2010, 6:07 am

Elizabeth K
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Congrats on finally getting it running! I have noticed that 95% of hard to solve problems come down to simple problems that were overlooked previously. If you are persistent, you can always find and solve the problem. Thanks for writing back and letting us know what the solution was.


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