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Posted: Mon May 22, 2006 7:01 pm 
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hi ive just purchased a 96 fairmont ghia 4 litre sedan it was being driven and just stopped and wont start again it has fuel and spark any suggestions help would be appreciated :( :(

 

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Posted: Mon May 22, 2006 7:14 pm 
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Did it just stop whilst in motion?
Does the smart lock light stay on?
Does the car crank and not fire?
Can you hear the fuel pump run for a few seconds when you turn the key to 'on'?

I'd look for the following.
1: Main fuse under the bonnet (30amp)
If this is blown. simply try the ABS fuse in its place and try to start it.
If this is blown and blows the new fuse... Most likely its the fuel pump with a closed circuit Or the relay is faulty.

2: Check the interior light fuse, in fact all fuses inside the cabin.

3: Try hitting the BEM (Just infont of your left Knee when sitting in the car)
Yes the panel at your knee has the BEM behind it (these sometimes get dry joints and condensation can affect it... and a lot of the time tapping/hitting it can cause the car to start 'better'

4: Check that the crank angle sensor isn't clogged with s**t (above the harmonic balancer)

5: If it is auto and it was parked and now won't start... your inhibitor switch may be defective.

6: Can't think atm Pizza's here!

 

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Posted: Mon May 22, 2006 7:30 pm 
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was driving along and it just stopped and will not restart

 

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Posted: Mon May 22, 2006 7:52 pm 
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it DEFINITELY has fuel and spark?
if it's ef, does every plug have a good spark?
does the injector 'inject'?
if you hold your foot flat to the floor will it run?

 

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Posted: Mon May 22, 2006 8:01 pm 
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has good spark and fuel pressure :(

 

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Posted: Mon May 22, 2006 8:24 pm 
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does it have compression :P

 

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Posted: Mon May 22, 2006 8:44 pm 
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yep it has good compresion on all cylinders spark is strong and good fuel pressure

could it have imobilised its self ???????

 

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Posted: Mon May 22, 2006 8:50 pm 
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Very Very badly blocked Catalytic convertor?

Banana in the tailpipe?:P

 

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rare if it 'was' running

Does the smart lock light flash Very fast and doesn't turn off?

 

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Posted: Mon May 22, 2006 9:02 pm 
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does it even crank over?


if you've got air, fuel, spark, compression then timing must be stuffed

 

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Posted: Mon May 22, 2006 9:19 pm 
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it cranks over
when you say timming do u mean broken timming chain ?

 

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Posted: Tue May 23, 2006 12:57 pm 
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Take off the oil cap and peer inside. If you cant see the rockers moving but it still ranks, timing chain could be stuffed. When you crank it does it sound like its actually trying to start or does it sound like its cranking TOO freely. Exact same thing happended to mine, crankning no worries, but the topwas dead because the chain had snapped.

 

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Posted: Tue May 23, 2006 4:44 pm 
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hi
my faimont just stoped to and the nrma tested eveything as he is also a mate and the fuel pump was the problem.make sure you can here it pumping.if hot it is stuffed.easy replacement as it is on the top of the tank.acces throught boot.
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wont be a broken timing chain unless you can hear the cylinders slapping against the valves on every stroke....
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joolz wrote:
wont be a broken timing chain unless you can hear the cylinders slapping against the valves on every stroke....


only takes 1 stroke to bend them out of the way.
not to mention only 2 valves would be open anyway.

 

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