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Was low on oil and wouldnt start. put in oil and still wont start. is sitting on a hill

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Low on oil will NOT ever prevent an engine from starting - unless it is a small engine with oil shutoff.

Will not start is a fuel or spark problem...
So. start with fuel:
1: level in gas tank
2. fuel pump delivering it to the engine.

If you can get some gas in a squart bottle and spray it into the intake - and have some one crank it... if it fires, then it is gas and troubleshoot 1 and 2 above...
If it will not fire with gas injected directly into the intake, it may be spark.

1. Pull a plug wire and hold it near the gngine block. Have someone crank the engine and check for spark...
If none, look for bad coil, voltage to coil, etc. that circuit..l.

2. If spark at the wire (from 1 above) then assume timing... with out adequate oil, you may have distroyed the timing belt/chain tensioner (it uses oil pressure to stay tight). Check the timing (both ignition and cam). If the belt is gone, nothing will fire.

Best of luck - lots of possibilities here - so I just want to get you started in the right direction (and away from the oil issue) - besides, you said that you added oil - but not too much - since you cannot get a decent oil level check on a hill!!

Posted on Oct 26, 2009

  • Jim DuBreck
    Jim DuBreck Oct 27, 2009

    I did not realize that you posted this over a year ago.... I am sure that you have addressed this....

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