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If you turn the key and you hear the starter cranking the engine but the engine will not start than you need to see if you are missing fuel or spark as a first step.
If you turn the key and you can not hear the starter turn the engine over than the first step is to check to make sure there is power on the small wire at the starter with the key in the crank position. If there is power replace the starter.
yeah, try starter fluid just to verify if it;s fuel or spark related. If it starts or tries to, then it's a fuel problem. You should be able to hear your pump turn on, when you turn key on, may need to stand by tank, when someone turns key on. it should activate for about 2 seconds, with key on.(that's to pressurize your system with gas) then when cranking, the pump should run(may not hear it then-so just listen when key is initially turned on. No noise: your pump may not be working. If you can hear the pump, it may be another issue.
do you hear your fuel pump go on before turning the key? do you hear a clicking soud when trying to start? if you hear the pump go on it might be your fuel filter pump is ok , if you don't hear pump pump is bad. if you hear clicking when trying to start it's your starter.
Check all your fuses first. This is a easy check and could save you money. Make sure your battery is fully charged and you have no bad connections. make sure your fuel pump is kicking in when you turn your key. You should hear it for a second or two. You might not be getting fuel to the engine. If you turn your key and hear nothing, check your battery. It may be your starter as well. If it cranks and doedn't start, check the pump. Your fuel filter may be clogged. You can spray engine starter into your carborator, then try to start it. If it starts and dies, it could be your pump. If it does this, you are getting fuel. Try the fuses first. If you need help otherwise, just write me back. Best of luck.
my car is a 95 buick century. frequently when i stop and shut the car off , the next few minutes when i try to start it it won't start. i have battery power as far as the whir of the fuel pump, and lights, gauges come on but when i turn the switch it won't start. Is this the starter or ignition switch? After about 30 minutes or so, it will start again.