I tried putting a new thermostat in today, failed. A friend had told me the wrong location of it and by the time i put the top radiator hose back on it had gotten too dark. I put it back on just fine and started the car. THe car was obviously not firing all cylinders and stalled. I got out and opened the hood, to find that a spark plug wire had fallen off the distributor. I put it back on, closed the hood almost positive that this would have solved my obviously simple problem. I tried starting the car, it turns over but will not start the engine. Please help! I have checked every fuse and all wires and sparks. I have no idea how this could have happened... and do not want to pay for a tow. Any help would be highly appreciated... thank you!
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Re: Engine Will Not Start!
Make sure all connector around where you disconnected the wrong hose if some prestone whent on the distributor cap you may have damp distributor cap remove the cap clean towel remove dampness reinstall and start good luck pierre
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Sounds like the thermostat is stuck closed. It is possible for a new thermostat to be faulty. Check fluid level in PS and or leaking hose line. The temp gauge could be one of three things, 1 the gauge is bad,2broken wire, most possible is the sensor that attaches to the engine is bad or damaged.
You may want to check and see if the ECT (Engine Coolant Sensor) is faulty. It should drive the temperature gauge and if it's bad, it could be telling you that the engine is overheating when it is actually running at normal temprature.
if you find top hose follow it to engine -thermostat housing have to bolts most times /1)drain coolant 2)take about bolts pull up housing take out thermostat 3)put thermostat in (note;how thermostat is turned put new one same way) clean housing good 4)put gasket on with little bit of sealant tigthen bolts 5)put hose back on 6)fill up radiator with coolant &let run till warm up [check for leaks while warming up }top radiator off ;;;;;done
All Saturns 91-99 have a 1.9L 4 cylinder engine block, only the heads are different. Look at the radiator, it has two large black rubberlike hoses, one top and one bottom, which connect to the engine. Where the top hose connects, it actually connects to the thermostat housing. Thus you have to drain the coolant, and remove the top hose from the housing end, then the housing from the engine and you will have the thermostat. Make sure you clean all surfaces well before you put the new thermostat in and reattach the housing. Might also be a good time to put new radiator hoses on, top and bottom.
CHECK YOUR MASS AIR FLOW SENSOR....I REPLACE MY STARTER STAURDAY BECAUSE MY CAR STARTED BUT WON'T STAY STARTED BROUGHT A CRANKSHAFT SENSOR AND STILL NOTHING THE WHOLE TIME MY MAF(MASS AIR FLOW SENSOR) HAD MALFUNCTION MIND YOU MY CHECK ENGINE LIGHT NEVER CAME ON.
It's not hard, just a bit messy. Follow the top hose that runs from the radiator to the engine. Where it stops is the location of the thermostat. You will need to drain the coolant out of the radiator before you begin taking things apart. Be prepared to replace the coolant with new coolant mixed 50-50 with water when you are done. Go to the parts store and get a new thermostat for that year/engine/model combination. Remove the hose from the thermostat housing, remove the housing and pull the thermostat out. Note how the spring on the thermostat faces. Clear out any gasket material that remains with a soft scraper -don't damage the area where the housing goes or it will leak. Put the gasket and thermostat in, put the housing back on and remember not to over-torque the bolts or when the engine gets hot bad things will happen. Replace the hose (is it time for a new one anyway?) and then refill the cooling system with antifreeze. Start the car and check for leaks.
If the hose has collapsed, most likely the thermostat was put in backwards reversing pressure. There is only one place the thermostat goes. Follow the top radiator hose to the top of the engine block. It will have a round clamp holding it onto an aluminum housing, usually held on by two bolts. On a cold engine, first drain the radiator and squeeze the hose till you don't hardly hear any gurgling noise, unbolt the screws holding the housing, you don't have to take the hose off the clamp. You'll need the new thermostat and gasket for it. Not sure of the type, go to your local parts store and give them the specs on your vehicle. Engine size, how many cylinders, if it has a/c or not. Most likely some engines take a 185 degree thermostat or higher. They'll tell you this. Make sure you remove the old gasket remains from the engine block and the housing before installing the new gasket and thermostat. Use a putty knife. Once it's replaced, refill the radiator. Start the vehicle and wait for it to warm up, watch your temp. gauge or light and turn on the heater all the way up to you feel heat. Approximately 10 minutes tops. Watch the hose if it collapses again or not. You should be good aftger that.