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Car just won't start

It seems to be getting a spark. It seems like something is ground ing out somewhere. the speedometer needle bounces when I an cranking it, but it just won't start. I can hear the starter. I have had several problems with the rad fan motor not coming on right before this. I tested the fan motor by jumping the wires with a little piece of wire, bypassing the switch. Ever since then the car hasn't started. Could I have possibly fried a wire by doing this. I checked the ground wires from engine to chassis and they look okay(not broken, but slightly dirty).

Any thoughts, cause I am stumped.

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  • Ezra W Jan 28, 2009

    I haven't tried the gas yet, but I did clean one of the ground wires, engine to chassis, and check all fuses for continuity. Still nothing. I did notice, however a small hose towards the bottom of the throttle body that looked like it's about to blow and a small amount of antifreeze(I think) dripped from it. I think this is new. I also cleaned up the points on the distributor. It is probably factory, but not any serious arcing damage on it.

  • Ezra W Feb 02, 2009

    I had a mechanic look at my car to try and figure it out. He told me it was the distributor. I replaced the entire distributor, and sure enough, no luck. I did happen to find a loose black ground wire under the dash that looks like it had recently been cut or broken. Problem is, I can't find where it came from. What needs to be grounded under the dash? Could this be the problem?

  • Ezra W Feb 07, 2009

    I got my car running... finally. It was a bad ground wire after all. I paid a guy 45 bucks to look at it again, and after 10 whole minutes he found the problem. It was a bad ground from the computer to the thermostat housing. He moved the ground to a different location and it fired right up.



    Only cost me 700 bucks to figure this one out.



    On the positive note I did learn alot about my car. And it has a bunch of new parts in it that probably didn't need to be replaced.

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Did you try to shoot a little fuel into the throat of the throttle body to see if it will start on a little extra fuel ? just a thought . Jerry

Posted on Jan 28, 2009

  • Jerry Koski
    Jerry Koski Feb 07, 2009

    with all this electronic stuff on cars anymore they can get rather complicated. They can cause alot of problems and cost alot of money to repair for sure .. glad you got it .. thanks again Jerry

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