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1992 Ford Tempo won't start

My car worked yesterday but when I got in to start it today it wouldn't. The car will turn over and sounds like it normally does except for not starting. The exhaust smells like I am getting fuel. I checked the spark plugs and it is getting a spark. I had the fuel pump and fuel filter replaced last year. It only has about 80,000 miles on it.

My boyfriend thinks an oil change and tune-up is all I need but I'm not so sure that will fix the problem. I'm looking for an easy list of things to check before I spend the money to get it towed to my mechanic. A quick how-to on any suggestions would also be appreciated. Thanks in advance :)

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  • jhcrawford02 Jan 30, 2009

    Thank you for your suggestion but unfortunately it didn't make my car start. Any other suggestions?

  • jhcrawford02 Jan 31, 2009

    Update! I sprayed starter fluid in the intake and got it to start. I turned it on and off several times and it seemed to work ok. I changed the fuel filter just in case. Is there anything else I should be doing?



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If you are smelling fuel in the exhaust it is most likely flooded.Try holding pedal all the way to floor,this should turn of fuel injectors and try to start it then.

Posted on Jan 30, 2009

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    Chuck Martin Jan 31, 2009

    The thing that sticks out to me is that you stated you were smelling fuel in the exhaust however you got it to start with starter fluid. That makes me think maybe you have a problem with carbon deposits building up on the intake valves.These vehicles had that problem,ford even had a technical service bulletin out for this number 93-12-6. Carbon build up will act like a sponge when cold and soak up the fuel keeping it from starting until it becomes totally saturated.

    One thing you can try for yourself is to get some

    Motorcraft® Carburetor Tune-Up Cleaner

    run the engine until fully warmed up and remove one of the small vacuum lines from the intake, then get you a piece of vacuum line and hook it to the vacuum source on the intake and slowly draw the cleaner out of the can thru the vacuum line until you have emptied the can, then turn engine off and let it set for 45 minutes or so then start it back up and let it run until the cleaner clears out. Now while doing this it will smoke like crazy( this is normal nothing to be concerned about) so don't be to close to your house!! Make sure to draw it in slowly thru one of the small vacuum lines because if you draw it in fast it could vapor lock and bend a rod and you don't want that. Then later get some fuel injector cleaner and add it to your fuel tank when level is 1/4 tank and drive it as close to empty as you dare. This should help clean the injectors. Then install some fresh spark plugs.



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