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Replaced Head gaskets on a 1996 Olds Ciera now car won't start. 3.1L V6.

I have checked all the connectors to the coil pack at least 5 times. I did not have to remove the timing chain for this job.

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I assume you have checked for spark and fuel pressure and they are both present?

I believe this 3.1 liter uses two different length pushrods. the longer ones are for the exhaust valves, the shorter ones are for the intake valves. It is absolutely vital that these are placed in the correct order. If they are not than there will be a lack of compression and worse yet the valves could have been bent.

Posted on Apr 22, 2014

  • Dave Petteys Apr 22, 2014

    I checked for spark (no spark), I did not check fuel pressure. The push rods are different lengths and I checked them several times when putting them back in.

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    Jeremy W. Apr 22, 2014

    excellent! are you sure you have the crank sensor plugged in. it should be pn the backside of the engine in between tje transmission and the block.

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