The car will turn over and you can smell gas after trying it. i'm not getting any spark i replaced the coil and the distributer and that did nothing, so i got an ECU the car started fine, ran for 3 minutes then it died and wont start again. anyone have any idea what the problem is?
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Did you check for spark? It sounds like you're not getting spark. Check for spark. If you are not getting spark then it sounds like you might have to replace the coil packs. Is it running a L4 engine? If its running a standard chevy L4 its probably the coil packs. Try to replace them check again for spark.
I pulled up to a convenience store and my 1990 ford probe died and had no power to anything, It ended up being 80 amp fuse under hood main fuse bolted in black with clear top, changed it worked fine after that. hope this helps
you should check power at each one to verify that they have power, which engine do you have 4 or 6 cyl? the 4cyl the coil is seperate from the distributor and the module is located on the side of the distributor, the 6cyl it is all inside the distributor, but to replace parts without verifing power is not cost effective. The most common ignition failure is the ignition module, but you still need to verify that it receives power.
Theres so many things that can cause a car not to start, can you smell petrol after trying to start? if so start with checking the spark side of things, if you dont smell gas find the fuel filter and follow the fuel hose to the fuel rail and squeeze the hose while some one turns the ignition on without starting. You should feel the hose expand when the ignition is turned to the on position, if it does then the fuel pump is doing its job. Like i said it could be alot of things but this is a good place to start. Is it multi coil set up?
Since it's turning over and you smell gas you probably have a spark proble. Check spark at plugwires and work back to the coil by disconnecting the smaller 3 prong connector at the distributor. Check for 520-580 ohms between the 2 outer prongs on the dist. side. If that is good pull the cap and inspect. Check resistance from the inner of the 3 prongs and the coil by probing the hole where the cap penetrates the high tension lead. No resistance = Bad coil. Replace dist. NEXT Remove dist. marking the rotor position and the housing position in order to replace it the same spot. Tun th rotor and you should hear 6 clicks per rotation. this is the injectores taking spark. If none then CK1 (or camshaft sensor) is likely bad. refer to manual for in depth and double checking the routine. A Disty is aroung $200-250 or 1,000 at dealer. Even after all these checks there is no guarantee as the probe is known to have some really tough spark issues. Particularly the 93. This info is for 93 2.5L 6cyl., but translates well for most any car. ICM (ignition control module) cannot be tested unless your parts house has a tester. Th eprobes have internal icm and coil (in the dist.). Remember. You can jumper from gnd and 10 pin too pull codes. All this can be found in a 15$ Haynes manual which pays for itself the first time you have issues. Feel Free t oe-mail me - I have gone Waayyay past this with my 93. Bayside@operamail.com