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Car was running fine, now won't crank. It turns over. Some told me timing chain, distributor, injectors, spray carb spray in throttle body or something like that. Can you please help me?

My 1999 olds intrigue 3.8 was running fine then wouldn t crank after being home about an hour. I was told by some, possibly timing chain. Check the firing of spark plug and it was fine. Should I try spraying carb or something in the throttle bottle or somewhere. Or can you just help me please?

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  • Tammy Dours May 21, 2009

    I filled up with gas on my way home from work. The car acts like it is trying to crank. Could I have water in the tank, if so what can I do to find out?

  • Tammy Dours May 22, 2009

    Thank you for all your helpful information. I did try the starting fluid before I got your comment. We tried the "touch the spark plug while someone turn the ignition thing," it was so funny. I didn't want to do it and my neice said, "you turn the key I'll hold the thing to the spark plug." I gave her a wrench with rubber on it and you should have seen her eyes. It was soooooo funny, we laughed til our stomachs hurt. I can just see my dad laughing his **** off up in heaven. He died last May 29th. He was a "jack of all trades" but specialized in a/c, refrigeration, appliance repair, and sale, but could do it all. I learned how to work on things from him. He even talked me through rebuilding the heads on a car once.

    Anyway, I had my car towed to a local repair shop and it turned out to be in need of spark plugs and new wires. $257.10. Boy was I mad that we didn't try that. Could have saved me $157.10 or more.

    I just wasn't having any problems with the car until I bought that gas. It wasn't missing, spitting and sputtering or nothing, just no other indications that would be the problem. I bought the car from a friend last year who said he had those things done and probably did, just was time for more I guess. I sure miss my dad, he would have known what to do and had the tools to test the stuff (meters and sort).

    Again, thanks for everyones comments and quick responses, this was indeed another learning experience for us ladies. We definately learned how to remove and check alot of things on a car for future references. She's recently separated and I am just single with a 18 year old.

    Thanks,

    Tammy

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You are saying that the engine will crank or turn over but will not start? If so then you must fine out if the engine has both fuel and spark. after that you can get into the right direction. You can use starting fluid to see is there is a fuel issue. Read the directions on the can. Using too much can harm you and/or your engine.

Posted on May 21, 2009

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    larry blais May 22, 2009

    It is possible, If you remove the fuel filter and empty its contents into a clean plastic container. Look for two liquid layers. The fuel will sit on top of the water. If your not sure by the sample then get another person to help you and hold the fuel line (before the filter) from the tank. Into your container and cycle the key from run position to off until you get your desired sample. Did you try the starting fluid? If so, what was the result? When you get your sample it should be clear, maybe a slight yellow hue. It should be clear (not cloudy) or brown (rusty). Make sure you identify your sample correctly. If it looks like gas make sure its not just all water. A quick test could be dipping a peice of Styrofoam into it. If its fuel it will quickly dissolve it. Let me know how you make out.

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