Hello Denise Roberts,
Forgive the meanderings of an elder mechanic...
I'm all for spontaneity
but I just don't believe your description:
FOLKS don't just wake up one morning and decide to run out and REPLACE
a fuel pump & filter
... So I'm feeling a bit at a disadvantage with your CHARACTERIZING
your troubles as such... (but just for conversational purposes we will assume you didn't do the multitude of cheaper and more logical plugs (+ gaps), wires, distributer, coil, cold air regulator.. injectors, timing etc.
For your own savings & safety
you really ought to go back over EVERYTHING that has been tossed ... unsuccessfully getting to this point (double) check... particularly the DISTRIBUTOR
is were most folks introduce their WORST
I've always loved cars and quite frankly...
think they have gotten a LOT MORE RELIABLE ...
You are missing a real opportunity to READ your cars
COMPLAINTS ... If what I am thinking were true you car should be registering complaints ...NEVER-THE-LESS
Just relying on your SPARK & FUEL are okay
That leaves a BUNCH of reasons your ECU/ECM could
legitimately be blocking your START
Beg, borrow or buy a OBD (diagnostic reader)... Some muffler shops, parts store, mechanic have free service... or even tool loan programs (auto-zone (always get 3 estimates before buying from any rookies/clowns/amateurs)).
The MOST DIFFICULT
to find (in my less than humble opinion) is the exhaust issues
... (catalytic converters or/and muffler)...
I know of no elegant way to test... Open the exhaust system BEFORE the converter... If the car starts... BINGO: you now know what you have to replace to get running again!!
will really help! Soak those (hanger & clamp) bolts well in ADVANCE of trying to loosen.
Hope this helps (but DO verify you parts applications vary by STATE (EPA) DOT or MOT requirements (smog cops)).
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