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Re: My 1996 nissan 200sx won't start
If the starter fluid worked for a little and the engine died again, it may be some of your filters. Check the air and fuel filters and replace them if they are dirty or haven't been replaced in a long while. This is the most common reason a car won't start.
Another idea is the engine may have been flooded. If you have a fuel injected engine, don't pump the fuel when trying to start it. The fuel pump primes the engine all on it's own. If the engine is already flooded, push the fuel pedal all the way to the floor and hold it there while you try to start the engine. This bypasses the priming and opens the air to blast any unburned fuel out of the cylinders.
Check to make sure you are getting spark with an inline spark tester (at auto parts stores) and if not try replacing (in order) the spark plugs, wires and (depending on your engine) the magneto's or distributor cap. Ask the auto parts store if they can look up if you have a distributor-less ignition or if you have a distributor.
So, first the filters (air and any fuel [there may be more than 1]) then check for spark and replace the spark plugs, wires, and magneto/distributor cap.
I hope this helps and good luck! Don't forget to rate! Thank you!
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You have to start somewhere. See if the engine is still getting gas and spark. Do you hear the fuel pump turn on for 2 seconds when you turn the key to on, not start? It should turn on to prime the fuel line. If unsure, use some starting fluid, a shot or two into the air intake, and then crank the engine. If it rumbles a bit and now tries to start, then you know was a fueling problem. Have the fuel pump checked or replaced.
If the fluid makes no difference, see if you still have spark on one of the spark plug wires. If no spark, the ignition system must be diagnosed (ignition coils, ignition control module, ecu, crank and cam position sensors.)
Pull out a spark plug put it on the end of the wire and see if you have spark when someone cranks the engine over. If you have spark then try spraying a little starter fluid in the throttle body while cranking it over, does it try to start? If it does fuel pump may be bad. If it doesn't, possible timing belt, timing chain, problem. In other words if you have fuel and spark, then it should start, unless something is wrong with compression. Timing off will cause low compression. Another thing if while cranking engine over the starting fluid is pushed back at you by the engine, it is almost a sure sign of the timing being off. Please rate my answer so I am rewarded points for it.
starting fluid is a thing of the past. dont use it. this car doesnt have a carb, its a throttle body/ electronic fuel injection system. you most likely have a fuel pump or fuel pressure regulator issue. test the fuel pressure, should be anywheres from 35-50 psi
At a guess, either the connection at the battery or starter. Try turning the headlights on , then hit the starter. If the lights go out, battery terminal. Stay on, starter connection. Lovely little car!
Does it crank? Or just do nothing? How about that anti theft device you forgot about? How about the fuel pump? Got gas? Oil? Check this stuff out. Get it cranking, if it won't start, squirt some gas into the throttle, hope this helps.