I recently had the bonnet off my van to check out the distributor and I noticed before I went to replace bonnet that the gauges are not working and the check gauges light is burning dimly and the radio is not working either I know it was working after I removed the bonnet because I had pulled the antenna lead from the radio and I was trying to put it back because the radio wont pick up anything without it. I did remove the distributor and put it back in after checking the wear and play in the gear on it. I checked the fuses and none are blown so I dont know what would cause the gauges to stop working.
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Check the hard vacuum line as previously noted by others.
If that's ok, then take off the intake pipe and spray brake clean into the throttle body while trying to crank it.
If it starts.. then you have a fuel related issue, if it doesn't start then you have an electrical related issue.
Our van did not start after trying to use brake clean.
Take off the console inside the vehicle's cab and get at the distributor.
Usually people noted that the ICM (ignition control module, inside the distributor) was the main issue here, but on our van, the distributor and wires looked brand new so it was probably recently changed (we got this van 5 months ago), so I assumed the spark plugs were also changed at the same time.
We unplugged the connection from the coil to the distributor, tried to crank it, and no spark was being generated, boom, got a new coil and starts up fine.
Yes.But first go ahead and do this, then take your distributor cap off and see where the rotor buttom is pointing, you may have it 180 degrees off. So make sure when you do this that the rotor button points at #1 spark plug wire, when the distributor is fully seated.
sounds like an ignition switch glitch or ignition harness problem can be either depending on the amount of wear and tear with turning on and off of the ignition tumbler or possible chafing or inconsistent short in harness to ignition switch check the ground line up through harness first and check the wiring harness condition
Roll the engine around until the compression stroke on number one cylinder (both valves are closed) and stop on top dead centre. The rotor should be pointing to the number one terminal on the distributor. If it is not extract the distributor and replace it with the rotor pointing to number one. That should be it.
Hopefully their are no other issues relating to the original breakage so you should make sure the new distributor is spinning normally.
Since you replaced the distributor, are you sure it's properly timed? Hook up timing light and try to crank. It should show you where your timing mark is. It will also verify that you are getting spark.
You need to start a systematic check. Is it electrical, mechanical, fuel related? Need to do more checking and maybe we can get that puppy going.
It could be your fuel pump with your car not running right, the gas gauge thing i have no clue maybe the sensor inside the tank is messed up. or it could just be your fuel filter not doing its job. Htere are a few things it could be I would say Fuel Filter, Pump and maybe a vacume (spelling) problem, I would need to be there and hear it running or drive it to really figure out what it is