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Car won't start after changing all important electrical parts

My car just stop running,the heater level went upwhile i was in the store and when i came out it would not start,i check every possible thing from coil pack to eec box,gas getting to front but still no start.

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  • Jacob Lamm May 11, 2010

    Does engine trun over but not start. Does it click while trying to start? Is there gas in the car? Was the car acting any different before it quit running?

  • yadayada
    yadayada May 11, 2010

    DOES IT HAVE FUEL PRESSURE? DOES IT HAVE SPARK?I

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I'm guessing that it cranks, just won't start. if it won't crank i would have a different fix. check mass airflow and manifold absolute pressure sensors (maf and map). make sure they have good power and ground connections and determine that sensors are operating. hard to do with no start right? pretty much make sure they get 12 volts and then check for continuity between the ground connection and a known ground, like the neg post on battery. then one at a time unplug the sensor and try to start engine. if it starts with a sensor unplugged, probably a bad sensor.

Posted on May 26, 2009

  • ben May 26, 2009

    hey wait, i made a mistake in that solution. those sensors supply input to the engine computer, they don't deal with 12 volts. more like 5 volts. really you can skip the power and ground tests and try unplugging the sensors one at a time. not sure you have both, but you should have at least one. if unplugging them makes no diff then you could trace power and ground.

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