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Suski sidekick wont start HELP!

Ok heres everything i know leading up to not starting..... when at stop lights or stop signs have to shift car into neutral or it will die and i have to rev the gas a lil but only when first start it after drive it for maybe 20 minutes its fine then other day going on high way came to a hill and i started to slow down big time but was hitting the gas then it started to make a loud grinding noise like things were hiting inside engine area and then it wont start for nothing turn the key and it makes one tick and the lights go out help new job starting monday! lol plz :( and thank you in advance me and my mother think its fuel pump shot but we not sure were that is or if thats even problem

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    yadayada May 11, 2010

    fuel pumps don't make a grinding noise, in fact u don't even hear them when moving, sounds like you have lost the engine.



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I realise this is way late, but here it is for others' info. couple of clarifications there... first, the 1.6l engine has a belt, the 1.8l has a chain. second, if you have the 1.6, and the belt broke, you probably heard the sound of the valves punching holes in the pistons (more of a clack than a grind). you need to check for a broken belt, then check all the pistons for damage if the belt is broken, as the 1.6l engine is an interference engine. you may be replacing the engine. if it's the 1.8l, check the timing chain, and surrounding components. one of the tensioners may have broken (insert grinding sound here) and that could deffinately cause a no start issue.

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Turn the key to the on position. You should hear the fuel pump make a whirring noise.If not, the pump failed. But I don't think it's the fuel pump. It may be the idle control valve tha'ts dirty. this can be cleaned with carb cleaner while running at about 1200 rpms. Spraying into the fuel system to the sides diretly at the holes in the sides. remove the air duct work to do this. What I think happened that you had this problem before . Or the crankshaft position sensor went bad. When you were climbing up the hill your timing belt may have broken. It makes a rough noise when it comes off. check the timing belt . If thats the problem replace it, and then clean the idler control valve as explained. If thats not it. Check the crankshaft position sensor. Try to get a code if possible.At any parts store for free.

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