Check ignition and gas.
Listen for the fuel pump to come on for a couple of seconds with key ON. If you hear it, pump is working, check for gas at the fuel rail on top of engine. Should have gas under pressure.
If pump doesn't come on, check the fuel pump fuse, check fuel pump relay. Last, use a test light or voltmeter and check if the fuel pump wire has power to the gas tank connector when the engine is cranked over. If power there, fuel pump will need taken out and replaced. If no power at the pump, pump circuit needs checked.
Check ignition by checking for spark at a plug wire end. Pull off plug wire from spark plug, push the boot back so metal end terminal is exposed. Hold the end terminal 1/4 inch from a grounding source like a metal bracket or bolt on engine. Have a helper crank the engine over and watch for a spark-you need to see a blue snapping spark to know the ignition is good. Maybe wear gloves or use a heavy rag holding the wire-you can get shocked if not held close to a ground. Another way is to pull off the wire from plug, remove plug from engine, then re-attach plug to plug wire, and lay the plug on top of engine where the plug threads are touching metal-now the plug is grounded. You will not have to hold the wire. Have the helper crank the engine, while you watch for spark at the spark plug end. If you have a blue snapping spark, ignition is good. It is a good idea to check for spark on more than one plug wire-maybe another coil is not firing.
If your ignition is good, and you hear the pump come on, possibly a weak pump not putting out enough pressure- then check fuel pressure with a fuel pressure gauge. Fuel injection requires high pressure, so the injectors will spray fuel out.
If still no go, scan computer for trouble codes. Check if your security or theft deterrent has immobilized the car.
Sep 29, 2013 |
Mitsubishi Cars & Trucks