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3.8 won't start Grand Prix not supercharged

Bought this car and it would not start, person was driving it and it just quit. I have inherited the problem .I t turns over but does not start. I have spark and fuel, gas tank is full can hear the fuel pump kick in. It has 100 000 miles. It is an automatic. Do these cars have a common problem ? If the oxygen sensor is fualty should it still start?

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    Jacqueline Hovan Sep 25, 2008

    Hi, thanks but it does not have a distributor cap or rotor.

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    Jacqueline Hovan Sep 27, 2008

    I think you should read up on distributorless ignitions!

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It could be the timing chain, im replacing mine. it wont start and the plugs were fouled,

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Oxygen sensor is not the problem, could be the distributot cap and the rotor, replace them and the spark plugs, it should fix your problem

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  • Carder09 Sep 27, 2008

    Ok, Then id it doesn't have both of them then there is NO way the car should even crank or turn over as well, Every car has both of these is they didn't your car wouldn't fire at all so if these two parts are missing I HIGHLY recomend you getting this fix immediately!!!!

  • Carder09 Sep 27, 2008

    Ok, Then you need to replace your DIS coils, Most likely you have a high MAP output voltage or a misadjusted throttle position sensor, Also check and/or replace your spark plug wires cause when one of them goes bad on a DIS then it acts as a weak or bad DIS coil,

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