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My wife was driving her 97 bonneville she said it lost all power smoked really bad and barely made it off the road i cramked it over and it wasnt even trying to start would it be fuel or timing

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Fuel or timing would not explain the smoke.
Start by checking fluids.
Then do compression check.
Watch for cam so that you can see if timing belt thrown.
You may find water on plugs or something.
Could have thrown timing belt, cracked a piston, etc.
Only after everything seems normal, then try starting fluid spray, to see if may be fuel problem.
Use inductive timing light to ensure spark.

Posted on Mar 12, 2011

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