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Car won't start, acting like its out of gas, changed fuel filter, and changed fuel pump. Car still won't start. It is getting a spark when we checked the spark plugs. What is wrong with my car ? Pleas help

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  • cynthia Jan 05, 2011

    I replaced the engine coil. I did all this stuff and its still not starting what could it be?

  • cynthia Jan 05, 2011

    Still won't start. Changed engine coil, did as suggested below what now?

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If it is getting fuel and spark, the only other things it requires is air and compression-You may have an engine so flooded that it won't start in spite of it having fuel now. You can try holding the gas petal to the floor while cranking it, it will dry out the intake and cylinders, but it is best to do this in short spurts and have a battery charger or jumper cables connected to the battery while doing this. Remove a plug to see if it is soaked-if it is, you might want to consider removing all of them and drying them off. While you have a plug, or plugs out you should be able to determine if it has god compression by cranking the engine, the open cylinder will 'pop' as it reaches top dead center if it is alright. Check to see if your oil is unusually high-could be diluded with gas that has washed down the cylinder walls. You can also try to spray some starter fluid into the throttle body, even if the plugs are wet it should try to start if it is getting spark.

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  • mike mountain Jan 06, 2011

    install fresh plugs, check (carefully) the inside of the distributor cap for cracks. If you have compression, fuel, spark and air (the air filter is not plugged up, is it?) it has to start.

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