1995 hyundai excel hatch. ran for a day after new fuel filter and i have a pump coming. problem happens, when starting, like the clutch was released a second too early whilst starting and the start process was interrupted. then it just wont start. will run if a can of "start ya bastard" is implemented but only while being implemented. engine light was on but i reset it with the disconnect battery thing seeing if maybe the state of the problem would reset as last time it seemed to work after the reset. fuel flowed when the filter was undone for a test of fuel(no guages). just does not seem to be feeding the fuel past the injectors.
thanks in advance.
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Check for a spark first, double check fuel pump is running and actually "hums" when you prime the motor. Check fuel filter, clogged fuel filter could be the culprit and explain why it sputterred with starter fluid but wont run without. Good luck.
This is most likely to be one of two possibilities; lack of fuel or no spark.
I would check the spark first as it is the easiest to do. Take off a plug lead and if you have an old plug clip it on the live lead and earth the plug thread to the motor somewhere (I use a bit of fine wire to hold in place). Get someone to wind over the motor by turning the key and observe for a nice blue spark on the plug you have added. I open the plug gap right up quarter of an inch or so to make it easier to see. A healthy ignition will fire this ok.
If you have a good spark check fuel delivery.
I note you have fuel in the tank, but is the pump delivering fuel ok? Maybe blockage in fuel filter (water from tank can clog filter), is the pump working ok. See if you can take off the fuel line and wind it over to discharge into a vessel to see volume being delivered (take special care not to spill on motor and cause fire, or waste price of fuel these days cannot waste)
first check if there is a reset button for the fuel pump. it will be red. either in the trunk or on the passenger side in the front. then, if problem not solved, bleed the line. find the bleeder on the line under the hood. open it and turn the key on a few times without starting until you see fuel coming out. close bleeder and start the engine.
Turn the car on and listen for a sound resembling an electric motor running, which should stop after just a few seconds of having the key turned to acc (pre ignition) If nothing then you will have to drop the gas tank belts and pull the pump from the upper assymbly. I believe it is threaded normally and the fuel hoses can be removed with the ends taped to keep dust and dirt from making its way into your fuel system.
Check O'Reilys or Autozone for the pump