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Car will not start

The key turns on, you can hear the starter try but you never hear the car turn over, like the fuel is either not getting there or there is no spark to ignite the fuel.

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  • marcirah1979 Aug 26, 2008

    car will not turn over completely..seems as if the fuel is not getting their..i have already replaced the spark plugs and put new battery terminals



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Thanks you are right it was the timing belt, I didnt think it was because i just had it replaced less than 3000 miles ago

Posted on Oct 11, 2008


Try replacing the timing belt.. that fixed mine

Posted on Oct 11, 2008


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