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My 99 2.2 SOH cavalier....she gets spark and fire but won"t start. Even though this is a no-no, won"t start with ether either, gets compression, plenty< crank sensor puts out 8 chip in key as I can tell...(bought it a couple weeks ago for 100 bucks) . WHAT AM I MISSING?? please help!!

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  • truekraut Sep 02, 2010

    Sorry I need to ask what type of ingition system do you have does it have a dist cap or is it DIS system. Next did you do a compression test? Plus are you sure the cam shaft is turning

  • dyingself Sep 03, 2010

    It's a DIS system...I pulled a spark plug and did the "Finger" compression test, pretty strong.... so I assume the Cam is turning. What about the ECM?

  • dyingself Sep 04, 2010

    Maybe I pull other plugs and check for compression. Or pull valve cover. But why would it spark and get gas but not run? Because valves are closed!

  • dyingself Sep 04, 2010

    Pulled valve cover, all valves move "in time"....that kills time belt theory, right? even if elt slipped you would at least get a back fire or some attempt at starting...I'm leaning towards the scrap yard.

  • dyingself Sep 05, 2010

    Eureka...fuel regulator!!! spent 60 bucks, that isn't the best part; The head is cracked and I got a little oil and water mixture in my engine. Scrap yard here we come!!



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I am leaning to timing belt problem if the belt broke and the valve is closed on that cly you would have compression there. If the ecm was the cause you would not have spark.

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  • truekraut Sep 05, 2010

    because of a crank sensor



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