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1998 buick, century 3.1 will not start..help plz!!!

Ok broke down going down road,seemed like serpentine belt, loss of power, dimming of lights,no power at all, could do maybe 10mph and you could smell some thing like burnt rubber or hot wire smell when it was broke down,and hood was frozen when it died so next day i saw it wasnt the belt but it was the starter cylanoid was very loose from cylonoid housing,i replaced starter and battery next and it would turn over but no start,so i then replaced plugs and wires,changed oil and there was a strong smell of gas in the oil...i have chked the fule filter,pump is working right,i get spark,and i have also replaced the MAP sensor,what else should i chk to get the car to start??

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  • josh pinkham Jan 14, 2009

    ok ,ill look at the ground wires again,i think ichked then b4... i thought to look at all connections after it broke down thinking it was electric problem from started cylonoid shortage..thanks..so why would there b gas in my oil?

  • josh pinkham Jan 14, 2009

    ok just chked the grounds they r all tight and clean,i did try to start it again and i tryed pulling the fule pump fuse and it seemed like it really was going to start but my battery is draining out and it dosent start..seems as thou i might be getting too much fule? or maybe i have a bad altornator?

  • Anonymous Mar 25, 2014

    Car runs raggedy then shuts itself off. When trying to restart it, the starter clicks but wont start while the interior lights are dim as there is a loss of power and battery dies immediately

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First you might possibly have a loose main ground wire, check all grounds under hood... if not that, try the alternator... you should be able to find a rebuilt one for not alot of cash...

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  • xj220_jagcar Jan 15, 2009

    the fuel in the oil could be from bad cylinders... if there is any kind of scoring on the walls or on the pistons, it would cause the fuel to leak past and into the oil pan... this would definitely be the case if you had a bad plug or wires or both prior to you changing them... the unburnt fuel would build up.

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