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Can my spark plugs cause my car not to start if i need to change them?

I have a 1996 buick roadmaster and i drove it yesterday morning, and when i went out there to start it a couple hrs later and it wouldnt start. i took the battery up to get checked and they said the battery was good. the car makes a sound like its going to start but it wont turn over. the only two things i can think of is the spark plugs or maybe the starter. is there any way to tell if its 1 of those or which 1 it is and could the spark plugs cause it to not start? my email adress is

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  • kokilyn Oct 26, 2008

    i have starting fluid to spray in the engine to see if fuels not getting to the engine? where is the air intake?

  • kokilyn Oct 29, 2008

    i was going to change out the fuel filter because i dont think that theres fuel getting to the engine. when i changed the spark plugs i didnt really smell to much gas on them and i had someone listen and they said it wasnt the fuel pump. the only way the car is starting right now is if i spray the starting fuel in the air intake. if possible could you tell me how to change the fuel filter and do i need any special tools to do this and is it dangerous to change the fuel filter myself? i appreciate all the help you are giving me. thank you

  • kokilyn Oct 31, 2008

    i think i found the shrader valve but im not sure completely.can you tell me where under the hood its located and if it is the same size as a car tire valve or is it a little bigger? i found a valve behind the engine block around the fuel injectors but its a little bigger than a car tire air valve. i dont want to depressurize the wrong thing. thanks for the help,happy halloween.

  • michellecasa Dec 22, 2008

    I have the same problem but my car is a 96 buick skylark. We had a bad coil this lat summer so the ignition module was bad, we eplaced it and the car still isnt gettin spark to start completely!

  • patrick9901 May 06, 2009

    i have a 85 mustang 5.0 and i dont think its gitting a spark how can i find out if it is the plugs look clean am sparying starter fluid in the carb and the car isint evin trying to start 



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You say the car sounds like it wants to start--does the engine crank when u turn the key? If the engine cranks (engine turns over is the same thing), then it's not the starter. so, if the engine is cranking over, u must check to see if you have spark at the spark plugs. It is possible for the car not to start because of bad spark plugs. How many miles since they were changed? Pull a couple out and inspect them to see if they need to be replaced. 1st thing to do is see if u have spark at plugs, then check to see if gas is getting to the plugs.

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  • Curt Downs Oct 27, 2008

    Do u have a owners manual? If u do, check it to see where the air filter is installed. U can remove it and use the starter fluid there. Be careful, it's highly flammable. If u don't have a manual, u can get one free from buick (download it). Go to :
    Hope this helps, let me know if u need more assistance.

  • Curt Downs Oct 30, 2008

    Ok kokilyn, u can change the fuel filter yourself, take the following precautions: Disconnect the negative battery cable (to prevent a spark while working w/ gasoline) The gas line is pressurized, so u must relieve the pressure 2 ways, 1.remove gas cap, 2. then look under the hood for a shrader valve (it looks just like a bicycle tire air valve, or car tire air valve, it's mounted on the fuel line rail), place an old rag under the valve, push down on the small round pin in the center of the shrader valve, a small amount of gas will be released. The fuel filter is under the car, driver side, in front of the gas tank, mounted on the frame of the car. Wear goggles to remove the filter. I had trouble removing one, and it came off while pulling to separate from fuel line, I got a spray of gas in my face, ended up in the e-room to have my eyes flushed out. Scary, but now I wear goggles to do it. To disconnect the fuel line @ both ends of the fuel filter, u will need a disconnect tool, it's a round plastic disc that releases the connection at the front and back of the filter. I've taken them off w/out the tool, but it's only a few bucks at any parts store. Ask for the correct one (size) for your car, and have them explain how to use it (it comes w/ several sizes and should have insrtuctions). Remove gas lines at filter, replace w/ new filter (make sure arrow points in the correct direction). replace gas cap, put cap on shrader valve, reconnect negative battery cable, turn the key, and it better start! Check connections for leaks.

  • Curt Downs Nov 01, 2008

    What u found has to be it, it would be the only valve of that type besides what u have on your tires! It would be on the fuel injector 'rail', so that's it! And thanks, Happy Halloween to you!



I just thought id let you know i got it running. it wasnt the fuel filter or the spark plugs, but those things needed changed out anyway so thanks for helping me through that. it actually turned out to be the fuel pump relay which was real easy to fix.thanks for all the help. i really do appreciate it

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SOURCE: need to know how to change an outer tie rod on a 96 buick roadmaster

you will need to back off on the lock nut on the tie rod end then remove the tie rod end from spindle turn tie rod counting the number of turns to take it off put new tie rod the same number of turns put back in spindle and tighten lock nut your steering wheel will probably be off center so you will need to have the toe reset on the alignment machine

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SOURCE: i need to change my fuel filter on my 1996 buick roadmaster

thank you very much for the help i changed it out fine. it turned out not to be the problem but it needed changed out anyway. it turned out to be the fuel pump relay. thanks for the help

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