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1999 pontiac grand prix gt 3.8L v6 cranks wont start have spark, checked fuses all working, have power to fuel injectors, hear fuel pump coming on and off. Gonna replace the fuel filter

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  • scifiguy77 Mar 09, 2009

    Thanks for the response guys. I replaced the fuel filter and nothing but crank no start and now battery is almost dead. I thought it might be a crank or cam sensor but i thought i read somewhere that if it was 1 or both of these sensors i wouldnt have spark im not sure. Is there a way to test and see if it is a bad crank or cam sensor? I dont want to keep throwing parts at the problem. There is no security light on. Right before I had this problem i found a misfire code on cyl. 6, I cleared it i was also having low coolant light on id top off and it would come back. I had already replaced the low coolant sensor years before. Also before this problem it was emmitting some thick white smoke from exhaust and smelled like coolant (head gasket). it started misfiring a little i shut car off and left in garage for 1 1/2 months when i went to start it i had this problem. Thanks again for responses. This vehicle has 103,000 miles on it and i never replaced the plugs and wires since ive had it

  • Shadow1989 May 11, 2010

    yeah, replace the fuel filter and then if you still have problems, get the fuel line pressure tested.

  • Anonymous Mar 18, 2014

    it sounds like it wants to start but it won't the fuel pump comes on none of my belts broken and the engine only has 85,000 miles on it. oh yea it cut off on me while i was driving on the freeway

  • Anonymous Mar 21, 2014

    I HAVE 97 DODGE GRAND CARAVAN 3.0L V6 HAVE A BAD MISS I'VE DONE MAJOR TUNEUP STILL MISSING WHEN GET HOT IT WILL SHUT OFF BUT IT CRANKS RIGHT BACK UP WANDER IF I HAVE A BAD INJECTOR

  • Anonymous Mar 24, 2014

    I replaced the head gaskets and when I was done the car ran now the car won't start

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Disconnect the MAP sensor which when bad will stop a car from starting but will allow it to run when disconnected although it will run rough.
Sounds like very bad compression, timing belt, or fuel problem. Hearing the fuel pump in the tank doesn't mean its getting enough pressure, nor does a fuel pressure regulator (on the fuel rail on top of the engine where the fuel injectors are seated into and from there into the intake manifold (some vehicles have throttle bodies with one or two injectors for example.)
Remove the spark plugs and see if the plugs are dry and or very wet, one can clean the plugs, gap them and put a square edge on the end terminal if there or at least note the condition and colors, deposits etc,
A bad cam sensor will not stop the car from starting but a bad crank sensor will!. Changing a sensor doesnt .eliminate the more likely possibility of a bad wire to that sensor - check wires carefully when getting a bad sensor reading prior to replacement. There is a resistance value to each sensor and one could check the sensor with a meter to see the resistance values between the connection terminals within the plug.
My suggestion is to look for a broken wire or wire that has rubbed against something and bared or shorted. Possibly near the ECM (Computer) especially within the first 2 feet of the ECM on the harness.
Another bad spot is under the Power Distribution Module, this is where all the fuses and relays are, typical problems are with wires corroding under the PDM, one could carefully remove and turn this upside down to inspect it for breaks or lumps in the wire or signs of corrosion on the terminals to and from underneath.


Note: Do not turn the car over unless that spark plug is grounded or within 1/4inch of ground to spark or damage to computer may happen.

Without an OBDII code reader you are lost in todays cars (they should provide one but at 90.00 plus to have them check the codes this is big business.
If the spark plugs are dry and you are hearing the fuel pump or its up to pressure (determined with appropriate tester connected to the connector on the fuel rail once the plastic cover is removed and a rag stuffed around it to collect spills etc. and watch your eyes when messing with pressurized fuel) then the injectors or the wiring to it leading from the Electronic Control Module also called other names)

This will give you some ideas where to look and figure out the problem, do the easiest first of course.
Please send feedback when you solve your problem.
More details of what led to the problem really helps us figure out these issues.
Thanks and hope this helps.

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Is the security light on? If you have spark and fuel, it should run. Any codes? Could be bad crank sensor or cam sensor.

Posted on Mar 07, 2009

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    Eldric Venne Mar 10, 2009

    If you were blowing white smoke, you most likely have a head gasket leak, or an intake gasket leak as those motors are bad about the intakes. Pull a plug and see what it looks like. You may have fouled them out burning anti-freeze.

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