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1992 240 will not start - drove it with OD off for a week or so

My overdrive just turned off while driving one day, and it took me a week to determine that a fuse had blown (when the rear defroster light did not come on). I don't do a lot of driving, but was on the interstate while the OD was off and my engine started shuddering - I barely made it home. It felt like it would die at any second - but didn't. I then didn't drive it for a day, and now it will not start. It will try, (not a starter issue), but never catch. Did I damage the engine? I'm off to look @ 3,5,7 in the fuse box and see if there are any hoses disconnected... I'm afraid it might never start again!! I've had this car for 5 years and love it, but there is a slow oil leak in the manifold (something I opted out of fixing due to cost and with the encouragement of my mechanic) and I think it might have been too much...

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Unplug your air flow sensor and see if it starts. If it does you will have to replace the sensor.

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