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Won't start after sitting for years. Replaced battery. Turns over but will not start

1985 300zx sat for years. Replaced battery, turns over but will not start

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  • cc_bott Apr 17, 2009

    There was minimal fuel when parked. We have fuel in the tank now and we have spark. There is no fuel in the inline fuel filter. Fuel pump fuse is good.

  • cc_bott Apr 17, 2009

    No humming noise, could it be the fuel pump relay?

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What about fuel? Was fuel in the tank when the car was parked years ago? If so, the system has to be flushed and cleaned out, from and including the gas tank to the carb or injectors (all fuel lines). Have you checked for fuel and spark?

Posted on Apr 17, 2009

  • Curt Downs Apr 17, 2009

    When you turn the key on do you hear the fuel pump go on (you should hear it make a humming noise). I suspect that even with minimal fuel in the tank when stored, the pump may be inoperable due to gas going bad. The pump picks up the fuel from very low in the tank, so it may be fouled or plugged up (gas turns to 'varnish' with age). Check for power to the pump with a mult-meter tester, if you have power to the pump you are going to have to drop the tank and clean it out, and hopefully be able to clean up the pump and get it to work (a new pump here is about $240- ouch). Good luck, sorry I can't provide an easy fix, but I've done the same thing, having a car off the road for an extended time, and the gas goes bad and creates a big job to get things working again.

  • Curt Downs Apr 17, 2009

    Yes it could be, and at about 1 tenth the cost of a fuel pump. I'll keep my fingers crossed!

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