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Will not start

Full of gas , fuel pump priming , gas gage says empty ?

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  • Thomas Wilbur Dec 26, 2008

    the key cranks the engine, but it wont turn over. Replaced fuel pump and filter 2 years ago, and I have 1/2 a tank of gas. The engine sputtered twice, but then it just cranked, and never turned over.

  • vic May 11, 2010

    check fuel psi should be around 50psi

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Chk. comment posted by ccn7 for whtever on dec. 20 2008.

Posted on Dec 27, 2008

  • ccn7 Dec 27, 2008

    you may also want to chk. for spark. just pull off a plug wire and insert another spark plug and ground it to the frame or anything metal to see if there is spark.if no spark then it could be a coil or distributor madual.

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