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Posted: Sun Sep 06, 2009 1:14 pm 
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Hi All,

A workmate of mine has a 1990 KE Laser that cranks, but does not start. It is CFI and figure a fairly straight forward one to figure out.

First thing I checked was spark - thought it may have been the coil. Checked spark from the coil and it does indeed spark, perhaps a little weak, but nonetheless there was an arc. Then checked dizzy cap contacts and rotor button...a little corroded but again there was spark. Checked the leads and yep you guessed it - spark.

Pulled out one of the spark plugs - it smelled very much like fuel, so figured fuelling side of things was AOK. I am a little bit unsure what to check next - it all *appears* ok.

Figured a weak or poor spark would still *start* the car - correct me if I am wrong here ?

I do know that the spark plugs have not been changed since Feb '08 - car is driven roughly 30 minutes a day (2 X 15 min trips).

Today, the first port of call is changing spark plugs, then if that does not fix anything - will get some new leads, dizz cap, rotor button assy and maybe a coil (despite already changing it with another used one for testings' sake).

Any help appreciated 4cyl laser gurus :)

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Posted: Mon Sep 07, 2009 10:41 pm 
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Replaced leads, dizzy cap (mitsubishi type) and rotor button today - still no good (grrr).

Guy at Super Cheap mentioned that the carby fuel pumps can sometimes go - anyone heard this ?

Help needed :)

 

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Posted: Tue Sep 08, 2009 12:31 am 
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test the coil, have seen a few die on lasers.

the other thing is the timing belt, fordlaser.com might be your saviour here mate

 

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Posted: Tue Sep 08, 2009 12:43 am 
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Does it push start?

 

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Have got a second-hand coil and tried it - same results *weird*

Can't push start it Geoff - it's an auto :evil:

I feel bad because it's a workmate who relies on this car - we've just spent $100 on ignition components and it hasn't fixed the problem.

I've been told the mechanical fuel pumps fail on these things - anyone heard of this too ?

 

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Have got a second-hand coil and tried it - same results *weird*

Can't push start it Geoff - it's an auto :evil:

I feel bad because it's a workmate who relies on this car - we've just spent $100 on ignition components and it hasn't fixed the problem.

I've been told the mechanical fuel pumps fail on these things - anyone heard of this too ?


damn see if it was manual and a push start was tried it would sorta rule out the ignition system,,, (in my mind anyway)... Sounds like the fuel pump might be the next item to look at... as reading this most of the ignition componants have been replaced or looked at...

 

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Posted: Tue Sep 08, 2009 10:55 am 
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Yeah thing is Geoff - the spark plugs are moist and smell of fuel...so I think the fuelling side of things is AOK *shrugs*.

It is an enigma so far...a frustrating one at that !

 

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Any luck?

 

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Yep was the distributor...was the next port of call !

 

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