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Engine will not start even with fuel pump running

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Check the pressure of the fuel in the fuel rail to see if within specifications. Maybe add some gas to the intake manifold through the throttle body area to see if the car starts for a few seconds indicating a fuel delivery problem (injectors or fuel pump).

Then, check for spark. If there is no spark the ignition system will have to be looked at.

Also, valve timing may be a problem if there is spark and fuel going to the cylinders.

Posted on Oct 08, 2010

  • stewart196 Oct 10, 2010

    That happened to me and it was a sensor. I have one and I have to tell you Intrepid is not a very good car. Heads, transmission etc. To many things to list here. I advise you to when you can you get something else. Nothing worse then breaking down in traffic. Good luck.

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