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96 Buick Rivera, won't start, won't crank

I have a 96 Riviera, 3.8 Supercharged engine, and up until yesterday, the car has been running great. Yesterday I had an oil change and a tune-up that included replacing the fuel filter on the car. I just filled up with gasoline. Things were great, I drove the car to work, a distance of about 20 miles. After that, last night after work, it would not start at all, nor crank. A local "mechanic" seems to think it may be a fuel pump assembly; upon checking the price on this, I want to be SURE that this will fix the issue, since the fuel pump assembly for my car is NOT CHEAP. Would ANYONE have any suggestions as to what the issue with my car is, or is replacing the fuel pump the only possible fix? HELP PLEASE!!!

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  • 101713 Dec 05, 2008

    96 buick lesabre,

    Engine will not crank over with the key.

    Key in on position you can hear the fuel pump come up to pressure

    It will start and run for about 5 seconds if the starter solenoid is jumped from under the car.

    Then engine shuts down but will restart immediately by jumping the solenoid again.

    Any suggestions will be appreciated.




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My friend has the same problem with the same exact kind of car when it doesnt crank over see if your security light stays on if so its your anti-theft system. check your owners manual under the security light portion.if the anti-theft system detects a problem with the chip in your key it will shut down the starter and the feul system for 3 minute intervals.

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  • whitney86 Jun 12, 2009

    thought this might help with your problem.

  • terylvn Aug 25, 2010

    so how would one fix the problem with the anti theft system? would one have to take it to a dealership?


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Whoa!! hold off on the fuel pump. If the fuel pump is in need of replacement, the engine should still crank over. To make sure we're referring to the same scenario, when u turn the key, the engine does not crank (turn over)? Is there a clicking sound, or absolutely nothing happens? If the engine is not 'cranking over' !st thing to check is the battery to see if it needs a charge, or if u can jump start the car. Check this 1st (and let me know if I understand the problem so far), and we can take it from there to see what's wrong.

Posted on Nov 19, 2008

  • Veraquiqui Jan 05, 2012

    my fan turns on when i charge the battery or try to jump it without keys in ingnition. Wont have enough juice to start it



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