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My 1997 ford tauras was running fine until the water pump went bad I changed the water pump and now car won't start it turns but won't start what could b the problem

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  • pjashaun Feb 21, 2012

    not getting a spark from spark plug wire

  • pjashaun Feb 21, 2012

    not getting a spark from spark plug wire

  • Paul Crecelius May 23, 2016

    Well I'll take my guess on this one from what Iv'e read. It might be more simple than you might think. Is just possible that the serpentine belt wasn't routed correctly and is binding. It can be easy to have happen. He did say it turns over but won't start. And maybe he's just not aware of it.



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Check for spark. If there is none take a peak at your work. The crank sensor is in that area and it is possible you damaged it when you replaced the water pump. Let me know if you have any questions and I'll do my best to answer them. Thank you for using!

Posted on Feb 20, 2012

  • pjashaun Feb 24, 2012

    I changed the crank sensor but I'm not getting any spark from the spark plug wire

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    Jeremy W. Feb 24, 2012

    3.0 DOHC (dual overhead cam)


    3.0 OHV (overhead valve)

    The DOHC will have the spark plug wires that go through the middle of the valve covers. the OHV will have spark plugs that are be the exhaust manifold. The OHV will also say 3.0 OHV on the front valve cover and the oil fill will be on the drivers side of the valve cover.


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There could be any number of things preventing your engine from starting. Did the engine get overheated when the water pump failed? There could be blown head gaskets or cracked cylinder heads. If there is no damage from overheating, are you sure you hooked everything up that was disconnected/removed while replacing the water pump? Do you have spark at your spark plugs? Do you have fuel pressure at the fuel rail? If you have spark, is it strong and blue? or weak and orange? If you have fuel pressure is it within specifications for your vehicle? If you have spark and fuel, do you have good compression on all of your cylinders? You must have good answers for all of these questions before anyone can tell you with any certainty why your engine will not start. (Although many may try to GUESS.)

Posted on Feb 20, 2012

  • pjashaun Feb 24, 2012

    There is no spark at all coming from the spark plug wire

  • dttech
    dttech Feb 25, 2012

    OK, I see from your comment to Jeremy that you replaced the crank sensor. Why did you replace it? did it get broken or something?

    This is where you really need a scanner. You can crank the engine and see if you have any RPM showing in the data. That would eliminate the crank sensor. You can also check for possible Diagnostic Test Codes (DTC s) that may lead you to the fault. For instance, you could have a code P0350, P0351 or a P0352, which are ignition coil primary circuit codes. The ignition system troubleshooting for a "no-spark" on your vehicle consists of 123 "steps". You will most likely only need no more than about 5 of these steps to find the problem, but which five? A lot of it depends on what code you are getting or if there is no code at all. Then certain tests must be made. The results of each test will send you to a different "step" in the procedure. This is the right way to do it, but I suppose you could keep guessing if you like.

    You have a computer-controlled engine. Trying to diagnose and repair it without the proper equipment is like trying to surf the internet without a monitor. If you push all the right buttons and click your mouse just right, you might get to the page you were looking for (not likely, but possible). However, when you do finally get to the page, you still have no way of knowing it.....



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