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Bonneville still wont start any other ideas going to drain all liqiuds and put new fluids in then go from there if anyone lives around sun prairie wi please lend a helping hand whatelse should i do

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First off, don't bother with the liquids draining. The only liquid that makes any difference is the fuel. Your car will still run with no oil, antifreeze, etc. What you need to do is to troubleshoot this. This car has a carburetor, so it is easy. Take the air cleaner off, and look in the top of the carburetor while pulling on the throttle linkage. You should see a squirt of gas inside the carburetor. If you don't, then you aren't getting gas, and you need to check your fuel filter, fuel pump, and fuel lines, in that order. If you do, then you aren't getting spark. If this is the case, you will have to first test to see if the distributer has power to it when the ignition switch is turned on. If not, run power from the battery to the distributer and try it. If it doesn't run then, you have to dig into the distributer. Take the cap off. Do you see anything that looks burnt, broken wires, rotor broken, anything like that? If so, replace it. There may be a rusty colored deposit on everything; that's ok. If you still haven't found the problem, it is likely either the coil, which is in the distributer cap, or it is the regulator inside the distributer. Either can be replaced easily and cheaply. Hope this helped get your pontiac on the road.

Posted on Nov 19, 2009


  • Dustin Nov 21, 2009

    so you took the distributer apart, and checked out the module inside it? This is not the coil or cap; it's a little rectangular silver colored bit of electronics that likes to go out, leaving you stranded without any spark. when you replace it, you have to use dielectric grease on the contact surface so you don't burn it out again. The wires inside the distributer (you have to take the distributer out and apart to see them) can get brittle and break off. This will also cause your problem with no spark. Often times, if you're not savy with taking the whole distributer apart, it's just easier to find a working used HEI and put it in there.



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