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Engine cranks but will not start

My sister was driving the car to work. One day she shut it off and now it will not start. The engine has no spark.

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  • shadowno Dec 28, 2008

    It is a saturn 1996 SL 1 with coil pack. I have been unable to find the crank shaft sensor

  • gkv5150 Dec 29, 2008

    i took my car in recently for an oil change and now there is oil in the far left spark plug container and all the other containers there is nothing my car would not start should there be oil in that compartment?

  • shadowno Jan 10, 2009

    Now codes were in the ECM.



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Does the car have a distributer, or coil ignition? what kind of car & engine? could be a few things would need more info...thanks

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  • kosmindtrip Dec 28, 2008

    need to figure out what code the ecm is throwing? autozone somtimes rents these out if you are un able to get the car to the is usually a free service..heres where the sensor should be i couldnt find a pic, but hopfully it will help?

    Crankshaft Position Sensor located

    Under hood, driver side, upper engine area, mounted on end of engine block

  • kosmindtrip Dec 28, 2008
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    First be sure your battery cables and battery terminals are clean of corrosion. Next make sure your battery connections are tight and secured. If you have an auto repair manual (Haynes/Chilton), turn to the section that gives the wiring schematic for your car's electrical system. Trace that particular system and find out what's all involved. If you suspect the Distributorless Ignition System (DIS) is the problem, look that up in the chassis electrical system chapter under wiring diagrams and identify what each pin on the vehicle's connectors and the components itself reference. Then find the chapter(s) in the repair manual that explain how to test the ignition system.

    Before you do this, did you use a high energy ignition (HEI) spark tester which is what is required for systems that produce 25,000 volts and more? There's two kinds of testers, one for Standard ignition systems and the other for HEI systems. Be sure to get the HEI tester which is for electronic ignition systems. That's the one in your car. The standard is for car's that have distributors with point contacts and a separate ignition coil. You can get the tester at an auto parts store for about $10-15. Both of these look like a regular spark plug with an alligator clip attached to the shell. The one you want has a recessed center electrode. The standard looks more like an actual spark plug with a pointed center electrode. If you don't know which is which, just ask the parts people.

    When you take out the spark plug to test one at a time, be sure to inpect them and see if they're worn, fouled, or improperly gapped. Remember to connect your tester to one spark plug wire at a time and clip the tester to a good ENGINE ground. Leave the rest connected. If there's still no spark after you tested all four cylinders, your ignition module could be faulty. It controls the opening and closing of the negative or ground circuit of the primary windings by pulsing it according to the PCM's signals. And yes the PCM receives signals from the crankshaft position sensor as well as the knock sensor for detonation or heavy vibration purposes. But the PCM may only need one of the sensors to signal the ignition module to pulse the primary windings that's why you need to look up what the connector pins reference.

    You can also check your ignition coil packs using an ohmeter. Just find the system in the repair manual and they'll tell you what to check and to what specifications.

    Finally, if you can affford one, purchase an OBD II scan tool since you mentioned your car is displaying codes. This will most likely identify your car's troubles right away.



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