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Changed spark plugs and wires now car wont start

I have a 1992 oldsmobile cutlass ciera i replaced spark plugs and wiring now car wont star. what could be the problem??

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  • d_sargentvar Jan 30, 2009

    The car turns over and there is a clunk sound from the tailpipe that sounds like fuel pump and after the first time that sound goes away and it just turns over and we did not replace the coil wire.

  • d_sargentvar Jan 30, 2009

    yes its almost like a wheezing sound

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Wheezing sounds and noises from the tailpipe almost always mean the firing order is wrong. The plugs are firing when the valves & pistons are in the wrong location.

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Make sure wires are in correct order for firing. Also make sure they snap down when placed on.

To view free online repair manual go to this link:

http://www.autozone.com/N,313267/initialAction,repairGuide/shopping/vehicleSelect4.htm

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    Nate Stansfield Jan 30, 2009

    Here is a page for correct firing ordhttp://www.autozone.com/shopping

    /repairGuide.htm?pageId=0900c152800cc0feer and correct plug wiring. for you car

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    Nate Stansfield Jan 30, 2009

    Make sure you wiring is correct and wires are tight. If you did this, you may have a problem with your coil packs

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I know this might be obvious but the obvious is often the problem. Did you replace the coil wire that goes from your coil to the distributor cap? Also, double check to be sure that your wires are connected in the correct order. A little more clarification might help. Does it turn over? Does it just click? When you turn the ignition key then let off does the car clunk or make a wheezing sound?

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  • Randall LaClaire Jan 30, 2009

    From the sound of that wheezing, it's very likely you may have gotten the firing order wrong. The wheezing is a product of the cylinders firing in the wrong order. The car builds up compression in the wrong cylinder and too much pressure builds up. Check the firing order against a repair manual. Most manuals will show a diagram of the engine with the cylinders numbered. Also they will show your distributor pack or coil packs and which plug location corresponds to what cylinder. It's easy to read these upside down or backward. Many times if you misread the diagram or it is confusing you can completely switch the firing order around. Try using masking tape to number each plug location on the cap or packs and then attach the wire there first, route it to the correct cylinder and so - on. Let me know if this solves the problem!

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