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F150 won't start

1998 F150 4.2, V6 engine. 100k+ miles; Unable to start--after tuneup, oilchange, fuel filter and PCV valve change and replaced battery. It sounds like it wants to turnover but doesn't. No visible leaks in fuel lines.

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Sounds like the dreaded 'hydrolic lock' that is a common problem with the v6, caused by a leaking head or intake man. gasket. Check coolant level - if down, it's sucking fluid.

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Crank or cam sensor

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Have the coil pack checked.

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