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1998 Saturn Engine won't start, after multiple tries, it floods


My 1998 Satrun SL stick shift does not want to start. Its not a battery problem. The engine turns over, and sounds like it is starting, but then dies. After multiple tries, I end up flooding it.

2 questions: 1) How do I ''unflood'' my engine? Is it easy, or do I have to take it to a mechanic?

2) Any toughts on why it won't start...seems to be a cold weather problem only.

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  • nosrider Jan 16, 2009

    no fire is getting to my plugs plugs are good and wires are to

  • her_big_dadd May 11, 2010

    try holding the gas pedal all the way to the floor as you are turning the enging over... if it cranks, hold down the pedal till it revs really fast...if it has a tach, (the thing beside the speed ometer that goes up and down with as you rev up the engine) if it has that, dont let it pass the (red) line!!!!!!! most likely it will have a rev limiter... and will not allow it to reach that point. hope this helps, let me know..the actual problem could deal with several things, let me know if this atleast cranks, this will tell me more



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To unflood your engine you can just leave it alone overnight or take out the spark plugs and dry them off yourself but be sure to label your wires. if it is fuel injected you dont need to push the gas pedal to start it. as far as it not starting it could be its either not getting a spark or not getting any fuel you can check for a spark with a spark tester found at auto parts stores and to check for fuel they have a tester for that as well which if faulty will lead to fuel filter and or pump replacement if no spark then it could be the coil or plugs

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