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1989 Probe engine light came on and car just quit

Wouldn't start again. Changed distributor, tries to start, but won't turn over . . .

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  • bourquin_ser May 11, 2010

    do you have access to a diagnostics scan tool, see what codes come up

  • D H May 11, 2010

    Did you get the OBD scanned for Faults to see exactley what the issue was ?

  • D H May 11, 2010

    Hmmm did you check to make sure you were @ TDC ...if its outta TDC the sensor will not allow the car to start

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Check out your fuel cut-off switch in the driver's side trunk wheel-well. Black box with top switch. If the switch is soft this may be your problem. I replaced 3, because they rotted out, but the engine light didn't go on. The car tried to start but wouldn't... no fuel allowed to the engine. This is a safety feature in case of an accident... the button "pops" on impact.

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