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Cranks but will not start. There is a spark across the spark plug gap.Suspect possible gas or fuel pump problem.

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Possibly fuel filter or fuel pump I would go the cheapest way first the fuel filter. Hope this helps

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2003 Nissan Altima won't start?


A car needs 3 things to start. Air, fuel, and spark. Check that it can get air by removing the air cleaner and inspecting it. Leave the air cleaner off for now. Try a squirt of starting fluid into the carburetor (not a lot mind you, just a quick squirt). Be prepared to quench a flame if the engine backfires through the carburetor (have a wet towel handy). Crank the engine. If it fires, you have spark. If it does not fire, you have ignition problems. If it fires and stalls out quickly, you have fuel problems.
For fuel problems: Be sure you have gas! (I know it is obvious, but check the tank!). If the car has not been used for awhile, the gas may have gummed up the carburetor. While it is possible for the weekend mechanic to take a carburetor apart and clean it, it is probably best left to a professional mechanic. Verify that you are getting gas to the carburetor by detaching the rubber gasoline hose at the carburetor. Most cars today have electric fuel pumps, so turning on the ignition should result in a stream of fuel from the gasoline hose. If not, crank the engine and see if a mechanical fuel pump moves the gas. If you get no gas, find out why or your car will never start. If you get gas, the carb is probably gummed up. It is best to conduct this last test into a mason jar to catch the gas, and it is best to postpone the cigarette break until after the test is complete.
If you suspect the ignition, pull a spark plug. It should look clean and whitish to light coffee color. If it is filled with carbon and oil, you have other engine problems. You can look for an ignition spark by laying the plug case against the engine while it is attached to the distributor wire. Crank the engine and you should see a spark jump the gap at the spark plug tip. This spark is often small and hard to see in sunlight. Do not perform the spark plug test in the temporal vicinity of the fuel test. A hot spark with gasoline nearby is dangerous.

A car that turns over means that at least the battery is good. Try next to insure it has air, gas, and spark.

Nov 06, 2012 | 2003 Nissan Altima

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I have a 99 GMC suburban it has set for a few months its turning over but won't start I changed my spark plugs what else can I do.


with a glass.. like a shot glass poor half a shot into the intake. have a fire extinguisher handy and try starting it if it tries to start could be fuel pump or fuel filter

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Nubira isnt firing and plugs are soaked with gas why?


I don't think it would be a fuel problem since you have fuel at the plugs. I would take the plug out and connect the plug wire to it. Hold the end of the plug against a solid ground and have someone crank the engine(insulate your hand if you are holding it). If you see good spark in the spark plug gap, that will rule out spark issues. Do it for each plug. If you don't have a spark, which I suspect will be the case, it will be an electronic ignition/distributor/wire problem.

Apr 25, 2012 | 2000 Daewoo Nubira

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THE MOTOR CRANKS BUT WONT START EVEN WHEN I PUT GAS IN THE CARB (NOTHING) THE FUEL PUMP HUMMS AND SOUNDS FINE BUT IT WONT START EVEN WITH STARTER FLUID OR GAS IN THE CARB /IT JUST DIED ON ME WHILE...


Possible that the cylinder is flooded and so it will be best to remove the PLUGS and flush by cranking out the excess fuel. Now test the GAP on the plugs, reset to specification.
Also check the spark intensity. If low check the coils and HT wires.

Jul 25, 2011 | Jeep Grand Cherokee Cars & Trucks

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Just had the engine rebuilt, checked out the battery, filled up the gas tank went 19.4 miles and went home and it would not start, kick over real good but it won't start like there is no gas going into the...


There are a number of items to check.
1. validate that the fuel pump is pumping gas from the tank to the engine.
2. Check the spark wires on the spark plugs, make sure there is a spark to the plugs.
3. Check the spark to the coil by removing the connection that comes from the battery and delivers the voltage to the coil.
4. When the overhaul of the engine was done were all the filters between the fuel tank and the injectors replaced with new ones. Were the injectors cleaned?
5. Make sure the engine idle is set properly as being timed right. Quite possibly the timing may have come out of adjustment if the engine is not idling.
6. Check the gap on the spark plugs to make sure it is not too wide between the insulator and the spark igniter.
Do all these things I have mentioned and hopefully you will resolve the problem.
Have a nice day.

Apr 11, 2011 | 1998 Ford Escort

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Engine will not run, seems like it is not getting gas?


Spray carb spray or starter fluid into intake hose then try to start. If starts then suspect fuel pump and or fuel pump relay. If does not start check spark. Pull off spark plug wire and ground to metal make sure no fuel is present and be careful not to spark yourself, crank car while grounding out wire if no spark suspect coil, fuse, ignition control module, crank sensor, wiring, or computer.

Sep 06, 2010 | 1990 Buick LeSabre

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Not starting- fuel says little more than 1/4 tank-can hear fuel pump through gas nozzle has alot of cranking power


insufficient info. anything happen recently, or any work done on the truck before this happened? Do you know how to check ignition system? Pull a wire off the coil and see if a spark will jump across a small air gap while cranking the starter--use a cloth or clothespin to hold the wire while cranking.

Aug 22, 2010 | 2003 Chevrolet Tahoe

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'96 Chevy 1500 changed fuel pump now wnon't start


You will have to determine if it is fuel you do not have or a no spark problem.

When the key is turned to run position after it has been off for 10 seconds do you hear a prime cycle (fuel pump whirr noise ) at the gas tank for about 2 seconds?
If you DO hear this you most likely have fuel pressure.
If you do NOT hear this and have just changed the fuel pump with a known working good pump....it may be the fuel relay.
And remember...new pumps can be bad.

If you DO hear the whirr........perhaps you do not have spark at the plugs.
Do you have a spare spark plug?
Disconnect one of the plug wires and insert the spark plug you now have.....make sure the plug body is touching metal....(grounded ) and crank the engine....we want to see a spark jumping across the spark plug gap.
No spark?
Then check for these defective parts and chances are ........50% Ignition module.......30% crank pick up........10% coil........10% other (connections.....computer......anti theft....etc )

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I have a 2001 Chevrolet Suburban will not start I turn the key it sounds like it is going to start but it does not.


can you hear the fuel pump running in the gas tank when you first turn the key to the run position?

Aug 08, 2009 | 2003 Chevrolet Suburban 1500

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No power to fuel pump, relay is good, engine cranks over but won't start.


You need to follow a detailed troubleshooting procedure in a repair manual.
Check for spark plug fire during cranking after it dies.
No spark = ignition problem= computer will not fire injectors, and possibly cut out pump also.
Good spark = pump wonky, or power to pump system.
Also, other quick tests... when the thing dies, and then you crank,
1) Thump the fuel pump in the tank, if you can. A bad fuel pump might start up again.
2) Shoot some ether carb cleaner in the TB. If it only fires off the ether, the ignition system is no longer suspect.

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