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I have a 1987 buick riviera it wont fire up i have changed the camshaft sensor, igntion control module and timing chain but still nothing i cant find any thing else wrong with it?

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  • kimbsv May 13, 2009

    it will turn on and right now it wont do anything

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Need more info what does it do

Posted on May 13, 2009

  • kayla vanhorn May 14, 2009

    do you have fuel and if so are you getting spark

  • wvsassy1s May 17, 2010

    I am having the same problem as this person, and yes I have fuel

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The crankshaft position sensor (CKP) and Camshaft position sensor (CMP) work in harmony to control the spark/fuel delivery and timing. They both consist of a reluctor, or tone, ring which passes over a magnetic sensor, which generates a voltage, indicating position.

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I have changed the battery , alternator, spark plugs. fuel filter,coil packs, crankshaft sensor . tested the ignition module. and it still wont start. it turns over but just goes rrrrrrr and nothing ?


I am sorry you have already done all that work! You need to check the cam sensor magnet on the cam gear. You can remove the cam sensor which has 3 wires going to it and is mounted behind the belt near the waterpump. the magnet will sometimes break off its holder and that will keep the engine from starting as it can not sequence the fuel injectors. if the magnet is ok then you probably have a bad timing chain and gear. That series 3.8 buick engine has a camshaft gear which has an aluminum gear with PLASTIC teeth. Yes plastic teeth. The plastic becomes old and brittle and breaks off leaving you with an engine that wont start. Dont feel bad or dumb for replacing what you did as I have seen many TECHNICIANS who have done the same thing as I have worked for the G.M. dealer for years. I give you credit for doing what you could! Unfortunately you will probably have to replace the timing chain and gears. It is not a SUPER hard job but expierence in doing this type of repair is recommended. If you DO do it yourself, Make this one note. The 2 bolts holding the cam gear to the camshaft are TWO DIFFRENT LENGTHS! The longer one goes thru the cam sensor which is mounted on the face of the cam gear. Good luck! Scott
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