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Car will not start
08-26-2017, 06:02 PM (This post was last modified: 08-26-2017 06:04 PM by MattsAR15.)
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Car will not start
I reached into my back seat at a red light and my foot came off the clutch. It killed my engine and I restarted it. It ran for a few seconds than died. I tried restarting it but the light turned green. Lucky I was on a hill and just rolled down it. When I got enough speed I popped the clutch and started it that way. It wouldn't get any gas and when I push the clutch in again it killed it. I rolled I to a parking lot and tried starting it again. About the third crank the instrument panel went black and my gauges quite work. It will still crank but will not start. I've checked all the fuses. Switch the fuel pump relay with the AC one. I've also tried resetting the computer by disconnecting the battery. No change at all. Any ideas?
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08-27-2017, 12:22 PM
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RE: Car will not start
We need to know what kind of car...Year, Make, Model, Engine? to have a specific information.

The first thing you will need to determine is what is missing, Fuel or Spark. You can give it a shot of starting fluid and if it fires on that you know it's not getting fuel.

Just from what you wrote I am going to guess that the fuel filter is plugged or the fuel pump has failed.

Please get back to us with more information.

Thanks for using the forum,
Garner

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08-27-2017, 05:12 PM (This post was last modified: 08-27-2017 05:13 PM by MattsAR15.)
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RE: Car will not start
It's a Chevy Cavalier 2003 2.2 letter
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08-27-2017, 05:39 PM (This post was last modified: 08-27-2017 05:40 PM by Rupe.)
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RE: Car will not start
With a 14 year old car you could have a whole can of worms to open, but my first guess is going to be something related to that sudden shock slipping off the clutch. IOW, we still need a proper diagnosis of what's missing in the fuel or spark arena.

Back to that sudden shock... the engine could have moved enough (on old or broken motor mounts?) to yank or pinch a wiring harness or fuel line so keep a sharp eye out for anything that looks like it's had fresh contact. Might be the engine harness or even the battery cables.... and / or possibly some blown fuses? (from pinched wires)

Look around for a few clues and let us know what you find.
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