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Old 12-29-2013, 12:38 PM   #1
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Engine Turn Over But No Fire 67 289

Well, my engine all of the sudden quit firing but would turn over just fine so I gave up after not being able to figure it out. I had family in town that wanted me to start it for them so I went to start it and it started immediately and idled very strong and about 5 minutes later it died and then again would not fire at all. I'm assuming electrical. Any ideas and what is the best way to test it? Thanks in advance.
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Well, my engine all of the sudden quit firing but would turn over just fine so I gave up after not being able to figure it out. I had family in town that wanted me to start it for them so I went to start it and it started immediately and idled very strong and about 5 minutes later it died and then again would not fire at all. I'm assuming electrical. Any ideas and what is the best way to test it? Thanks in advance.
start at the coil and see if you are getting a spark, if so then your issue is going to be fuel related. if not then work backwards from there, start with making sure you have voltage through the coil. that means that with the key on engine off, you should be able to pull the ground lead of the coil and measure the voltage that flows from the coil to the ground, remember this is how the coil builds secondary voltage. if no voltage through the coil, check to make sure you have voltage to the coil. if yes, then you have a bad coil, if no then work backwards from there.
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#1 to check is all connections clean and tight. A loose battery connection had me chasing nothing. Mine would either click and die immediately or turn over once then die. After tightening battery connections, no problems whatsoever.
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Check the points too
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I will check those out and get back with you. Thanks!
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Check the cap and rotor too
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Well... Now the engine won't even turn over. Just makes a buzzing noise. I am very frustrated now.
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Everything looks good and tight . Need to go over everything else mentioned still too
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What about cleaning the connections
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Well... Now the engine won't even turn over. Just makes a buzzing noise. I am very frustrated now.
charge your battery.
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What about cleaning the connections
Connections on the battery?
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Connections on the battery?

Well yeah but everywhere too make sure the starter solenoid is tight too i had that problem
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Well yeah but everywhere too make sure the starter solenoid is tight too i had that problem
I will double check it again.
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Just get either a wire brush or old tooth brush then mix water and baking soda and scrub the terminals
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Let's back up a step or three.
Charge the battery
Take selinoid off and clean the paint down to bare metal for a good ground
Check coil voltages as stated before
Check distributor cap rotor button and points
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I charged the battery and the car did turn over now. (It was a brand new $130 battery) kind of pissed it died. And it seems like it is firing too. Very cold so as soon as it turned over i quit trying. Haha. I still need to check solonoid and distributer cap. The solonoid i believe is bolted onto a area that is painted though.
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could be starter solenoid. i went through a couple of those when i didnt start it for awhile. too much power could fry the insides. Also sometimes for me the neutral safety switch engages and i have to wiggle it in neutral and park. It will completely not turn over if thats engaged
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could be starter solenoid. i went through a couple of those when i didnt start it for awhile. too much power could fry the insides. Also sometimes for me the neutral safety switch engages and i have to wiggle it in neutral and park. It will completely not turn over if thats engaged
I also purchased a starter solenoid. First thing i did and it helped but there has to still be an issue somewhere. Maybe a short in some wire. Once it gets above 30 i will look at it pretty extensively.
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I also purchased a starter solenoid. First thing i did and it helped but there has to still be an issue somewhere. Maybe a short in some wire. Once it gets above 30 i will look at it pretty extensively.
I agree wait till it warms up. Before you buy anything else lets work one problem at a time.

Battery draining while trying to start it is normal and will kill the battery pretty fast so keep it on a charger starter.

After charging battery try and start the car

Are you sure you have fuel?

If so then spark

Spark needs points set correct and clean
Rotor cap needs to be clean
Distributor cap needs to be clean no cracks
Coil needs voltage to charge it

Check these and get back to us on what you found.

Was the cars running good then this just started happening when it got cold out?
I don't remember what engine you had in it but that shouldn't matter

If you feel gutsy take a plug out hold onto it with plug pliers and have some one try and start the car hold the plug near the block and see if you can see a spark if so the spark is good and the fuel is most likely your problem.
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I agree wait till it warms up. Before you buy anything else lets work one problem at a time.

Battery draining while trying to start it is normal and will kill the battery pretty fast so keep it on a charger starter.

After charging battery try and start the car

Are you sure you have fuel?

If so then spark

Spark needs points set correct and clean
Rotor cap needs to be clean
Distributor cap needs to be clean no cracks
Coil needs voltage to charge it

Check these and get back to us on what you found.

Was the cars running good then this just started happening when it got cold out?
I don't remember what engine you had in it but that shouldn't matter

If you feel gutsy take a plug out hold onto it with plug pliers and have some one try and start the car hold the plug near the block and see if you can see a spark if so the spark is good and the fuel is most likely your problem.
It is supposed to be above 45 all next week. Thats when i will probably look at it in depth. I do have fuel, the PO has 2 fuel filters it looks like. One metal one lower in the engine bay and a clear one next to the carb that I can easily see fuel in. Hopefully its not too much fuel. But it would still fire if that was the issue.

I will check the distributor pretty well this weekend or the beginning of next week and I will get back to you for sure. Thanks for the replies everyone
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