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93 geo tracker gets fuel, has spark, cranks but won't start

Put car back together after it sat for 3 years in a field.... gets spark, fuel in the carb, pressure a little low in #1 and 2 cylinders (70), distributor set at #1 straight on. Getting frustrated-no one can tell me what the problem might be. Have checked fuses; rewired O2 sensor...any suggestions?

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  • Debra Martin Nov 16, 2008

    retested-now have 100 in #1; 120 in #2; 170 in #3 and 170 in #4

  • Debra Martin Nov 16, 2008

    thanks----I suspect rings-just put a new head gasket on when it was reassembled. Will check-thanks for your assistance and input.



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Since it gets spark and fuel I suspect the low compression to be a large factor. What is the compression in the other cylinders?

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  • lesterallen Nov 16, 2008

    That is quite a difference. Could be: head gasket, rings or valves leaking. I would think head gasket first as low cylinders are adjacent.

  • lesterallen Nov 17, 2008

    Makes sense, good job!



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