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Turns over won't try to start,ether no help

Put a spark plug to see if its getting a spark and saw no spark won't try to start

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Start with a used coil pack from a salvage yard. (they're cheaper, so if it's wrong, you won't be out so much money) if that isn't it, try a crank sensor.
(if you want to have the problem fixed without the hastle of trying parts, repair shops usually have a computer that tells if there is a "crank signal" or not, this helps them to go to a sensor or a coil first.)

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If Spark, then you need to find out if you have GOOD FUEL PRESSURE That is 40 PSI... You do not know if you have good FUEL PRESSURE until you put a Gauge on.

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Check for Spark and FUEL PRESSURE....

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