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Posted: Fri Jun 09, 2006 10:44 pm 
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hi guys,

went to start the car this morning ('96 EL Fairmont i6) and all i get is the engine cranking with no start, even with accelerator to the floor. The fuel guage reads quite low, but trip computer says theres 40km left. How do i tell if i've completely run out of fuel or if something worse has happened. The car ran perfectly up until this morning...
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Posted: Fri Jun 09, 2006 10:50 pm 
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fuel pump might have packed it in from running dry. get a few ltrs of fuel in a jerry can and top up your tank see whats happens

 

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Posted: Fri Jun 09, 2006 11:09 pm 
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get some one to turn the key wile you lie under the back of car and see if you can hear the pump going
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Posted: Fri Jun 09, 2006 11:20 pm 
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either fuel or spark usually, if fuel quite low might have trouble picking it up

 

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Posted: Sat Jun 10, 2006 12:02 am 
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cheers.. will try tomorow.. btw when turning the iginition to on, i can hear the normal whirring of the fuel pump for about 4 seconds.. does it make the same noise when there is no fuel?
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Posted: Sat Jun 10, 2006 12:04 am 
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MARK.TANIA wrote:
get some one to turn the key wile you lie under the back of car and see if you can hear the pump going


generally you can hear the fuel pump when you turn the key to accesories

 

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Posted: Sat Jun 10, 2006 12:08 am 
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Interior light working okay ??

 

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Posted: Sat Jun 10, 2006 12:41 am 
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check ur sparks. if u do hear the pump kicking in that means it should be running fine. maybe ur leads as well.

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Posted: Sat Jun 10, 2006 9:29 am 
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could be coil or module if it has no spark... but look at the pump first, if you cant hear it, bang the tank with a pole and it may start working again
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Posted: Sat Jun 10, 2006 11:31 am 
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I just had the same thing, replaced the coil and fired first time
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Posted: Sat Jun 10, 2006 11:55 am 
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gee these cars are funny,,things can go on them overnight even when not running,,bloody stupid things,,but we love them

 

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Posted: Sat Jun 10, 2006 12:10 pm 
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I drove my car to the shop, got back home, went to start it to move it and nothing, the coil had died. Was a fidly job replacing it (lowered and no car stands) but all good now
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Posted: Sat Jun 10, 2006 2:23 pm 
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If you can hear the pump it is probably ok. However they can fail and still be running.

I'd be checking your coil first. To check coil remove coil lead from dissy cap and attach spark plug to it. Then earth spark plug and get someone to crank engine over. A good large spark should be seen. If you have a weak or no spark coil is stuffed.

 

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Posted: Sat Jun 10, 2006 2:44 pm 
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how much to replace the coil?... btw if i hit the fuel tank from underneath i can definitely hear fuel moving but not sure how much there is. The fuel guage reads in the lower red zone and tripmeter says 40km.
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Posted: Sat Jun 10, 2006 2:50 pm 
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Repco sell coils for about $50,
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