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need help
08-20-2011, 11:42 PM
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need help
I am working on an 94 oldsmobile cutlasse sierra s. My brother in laws car. The car will not start. All indications were that the starter was bad so we took it off and took it to Advance to have it checked. The test came back that the starter was bad. We replaced the starter but the car will not start. It will try to crank but it is like it is binding up. Sometimes it will crank 3 or 4 times but will still not start. The motor is free I can put a socket on it and roll it over. I am not a mechanic and do not pretend to be. Im open for any ideas. Just need pointed in the right direction. I am thinking the timing chain but not sure.
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08-21-2011, 12:37 AM
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spray a little bit of starting fluid into the engine and try and start if the motor runs for a few seconds then you most likely have a fuel related problem
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08-21-2011, 08:00 AM
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You might be able to get some codes out of the computer that could point us in the right direction. I have included a link that has some good pictures and information on how to get the codes. You will simply watch the "Check Engine" light. It will blink on once (1), pause, and then blink twice (2), that makes a code 12. It will do that 3 times. If there are other codes it will then start flashing them out, all three times in a row. When it returns to 12 there are no more codes.

If you unhooked the battery to change the starter; which you SHOULD have for safety, you will have erased any codes that may have been stored.

If you do get codes, post them here and we may be able to provide more advice as to what to look for next. Here's the link for information on getting the codes.

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Please let us know what you find.

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