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Engine will not run

Getting spark,started on starting fluid

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Sounds like a fuel blockage.have u checked the fuel filter? fuel pump? elimination process unfortunately.

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It would help to know what type of vehicle/engine you are dealing with. Engines need gas, spark, compression and timing in order to run. Without knowing more details it's difficult to give suggestions on what to try. All I can suggest is: if you know it's getting spark move on to one of the other four needs. For example, if the car/truck is carbureted, you might want to try spraying some starting fluid into the carburetor to see if that helps. Don't run the engine long on starting fluid, just enough to see if it runs on fluid. If so, you need to figure out why you are not getting gas.

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An engine spinning just means your battery is good and starter works. You'll need to find out if you're getting the other things you need. Those being air, fuel, and spark.
For air, take the air filter out of the picture by removing the air flow going to the carb. Try to start the car.
if it doesn't start, for Fuel, try spraying into the carb some starting fluid then try starting the car. Does it run for a little bit with the starting fluid you just sprayed in there? If so, you've probably got a fuel problem.
If the engine still won't start, take one spark plug out and keep the spark plug wire attached to it. Make sure the spark plug is touching metal so it's grouned electrically, like laying against the engine block. Don't hold the spark plug because you can get a good shock if you hold it wrong. Just lay it on the engine block. Ttry starting the engine and watch for spark at the end of the spark plug. Sometimes the spark is hard to see so doing this at night or in a garage will make it easier to see the spark which leads me to another point. Sometimes your sparkplug wires get so old they electrically aren't any good anymore. You'll be able to know that if you start your car at night and you look under the hood and see little sparks jumping from your spark plug wires to ground. This means your spark plug wires need replacing and that could be your problem. Usually the engine will run when this happens but it won't run very good as most of the spark is being shorted out.
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Let it sit for half hour to let spark plugs dry. Inspect to ascertain its not dirty spark plugs, which will also prevent engine from running. After ascertaining its proper firing order, spark plugs are clean, and there's power to distributor cap, ascertain there's fuel in fuel lines by squirting half second (short squirt) of starting fluid into air filter. Close the air filter housing to trap flammable starting fluid gas. Turn engine without giving throttle. Let starting fluid be ignited by spark plugs. If it won't start, then spark plugs are not firing to ignite starting fluid gas. If it starts briefly, but won't run when you give throttle, but catches when a 2nd person squirts more starting fluid into air filter just before engine stalls, then its a fuel restriction issue or no fuel in fuel lines.

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There are 3 main things an engine needs to run, compression, fuel, spark, all at the right time. The easiest thing to check would be fuel and spark. Spray some staring fluid into the intake and see if the engine will try to start on that. If it does, then you know you have a fuel issue. If it doesn't, then test the spark. You can get a spark tester for about $5 at any auto part store. You just plug your spark plug wire on to it, clip it to a metal surface, then try to start engine while watching the gap on the tester for a spark to jump. You should get a good blue spark jumping the gap. If you have spark and it didn't run on the starting fluid, then you should do a compression test. Try the first two test before we get into compression testing. Another thing I would like to know is if you had any symptoms before this happened, like the service engine light was on, the car would buck, the car would run strange, or any other driveability issues before the car wouldn't start.

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I would like you to verify spark. You can get a spark tester from a local part store for less than $10. Just pull the coil off of a spark plug, put the tester in the coil, ground the coil with the clip to a clean metal surface (preferably the block), and have someone try to start the engine. Only turn the key long enough to see if you have spark at the tester, shouldn't be more than a few seconds. If you have spark, put the coil back on the plug in the engine, spray some starting fluid in the air intake and see if the engine tries to start on the fluid. If it does, then we can be mostly certain you have a fuel issue. Let me know the results of the test. You can try spraying the starting fluid before you do the spark test. If the engine doesn't try to start on the fluid, then you need to do the spark test.

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