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Car will not start is has drained the battery it is now replaced. I have spark down to the plugs off of the distributor/coil assembly to all 4 wires... I am getting fuel I can smell it when I try starting the car.... I think I may need to have the starter checked I do not know where it is located on this vehicle....

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Try kicking the gas tank on the drivers side, it could be a bad gas pump/ short, it really will start if this is the only problem, i had my stratus towed to the dealer because it wouldn't start, by the time it had been off loaded off the tow truck the gas inside the tank had rattled the gas pump enough that it would start and the dealer called me wondering what the problem was.

Posted on Jan 04, 2011

  • johnyoung198 Jan 04, 2011

    also check that a small animal has not chewed through the gas line or built a nest inside the air filter space, common problems where chimpmucks are present.

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