Question about 2000 Ford Contour
Unable to start the engine. Engine turns over though not very fast, got compression, got fuel, on checking spark, got weak yellow spark. Battery was fully charged prior to attempting to start the engine. Engine just cranks but wont start, have replaced plugs, contact points and distributor cap. When I remove a plug smells of petrol???? Any ideas of where to go next???
Change the oil. Thick oil winter can cause it, or over diluted oil too. Got similar issue with my mark 1. Bought it but never ran more than 30 secs. Just drained 8 litres of oil out!!! Glad I changed the carby now. Hope you changed the condenser too. Once the plugs are fouled (may look OK) they are no good so might have to change them again.
Posted on Aug 11, 2008
Try replacing starter motor. Repeatedly cranking it over only heats the the starter motor , this then softens the solder and it gets thrown. So the motor does not turn as fast as it should. Try push starting it.
Posted on Jun 29, 2008
All fords were notorious for starting at one bit but on the Cortina
that I had one winter I had to remove Two spark plugs from 1 and 3 cylinder , take them in the house warm them up on the gas ring then on return to the car pour in a half spoonful of petrol to the "pots" then refit the hot plugs then after 3 swings she would go. The only other solution was to put the car in a nice warm
Posted on Jun 15, 2008
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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Engine cranks normally, but it does not fire:
You turn the key to start and hear the starter motor crank the engine, but when you release the key, the cranking stops and there is silence. This means that the battery and starting motor are working properly, but the engine is not firing. If you continue cranking the engine over in this way, the battery will eventually run down and will need to be recharged, but the battery and starter are not the cause of your problem.
There are a number of causes for this type of no-start condition, the most common being that you are simply out of gas. Assuming that you have fuel in the tank, you will need to go through a series of tests to determine what is causing the problem. The testing procedure is as follows:---
Spark:---------An easy way to test for
spark is with an inexpensive spark tester. This is a device that is readily
available at most auto supply stores. You use it by simply holding it next to a
spark plug wire. If you see the neon lamp flashing while someone cranks the
engine, then you have spark and should move on to checking for fuel. If there
is no spark, or a very weak spark, you will have to replace the spark plug or
the coil pack.It has to be checked.
First step here is to listen for the fuel pump running inside the gas tank. When you turn the key to run, you should easily hear the pump come on, run for a few seconds to build fuel pressure, then turn off. If you do not hear it, it could mean that the fuel pump or circuitry is bad. (Fuel pump failure is a common problem).
Fuel injected cars are very sensitive to proper
fuel pressure. If the pressure is off, even by a few pounds, it will cause
noticeable performance problems, or a no-start condition. To check for proper
fuel pressure, you will need a fuel pressure gauge that is suitable for your
type of system. Or you can also get the fuel pressure tested at local car garage,
If fuel pressure is low then its a fuel pump and fuel filter related problem.
If you know that you have spark and fuel, the
next step is to check for compression. For this, you will need a mechanic's grade
compression tester that will screw into a spark plug hole. You will need to
remove the spark plugs and use the compression tester to test the compression
on each cylinder. If the compression is very low on all cylinders, that is a
sure sign that the timing belt (or timing chain depending on the engine) has
failed and will have to be replaced.
This troubleshooting will let you know the problem.Thanks.
Mar 01, 2011 | Chevrolet 1500 Cars & Trucks
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