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  • zaken1 02/27/12 3:44 am PST

    Since this car has been sitting for 1 1/2 years; it would be expected that the battery has failed from not being charged during that time. Have you replaced or load tested the battery? If not; turn the headlights on, and check their brighness. If the headlights are dim or do not light; the battery should be replaced. If the headlights light up; then watch their brightness while you turn the key to the start position. Replace the battery if the headlights dim or go out when the key is turned to the start position.

    This car uses 3 ignition coils; which each feed 2 spark plugs. With this kind of "waste spark" ignition; you cannot disconnect one plug wire from a coil, and then check for spark from the other wire from that coil. One wire from a coil must be left connected to a spark plug in the engine while you check for spark from that coil's other plug wire. Since the terminals in the spark plug connectors are recessed in the wire boot; you'll need to either connect a spare spark plug to the wire being tested, and fasten the plug so that the threaded part is firmly touching a clean, bare metal part on the motor, or else insert a small bolt that is the same diameter as the terminal nut on the end of a spark plug into the plug connector, in order to extend the conductor outside of the boot.

    If you use this technique to check for spark, and still do not get a spark: Buy a 12 volt test light from an auto parts store (they don't cost much); disconnect the 4 conductor wiring harness plug from the coil pack; turn the ignition key to the position where the dash warning lights come on, and probe the 4 connectors in the engine wiring harness section of that plug (not the coil pack section) with one of the test light's probes, while the other probe is securely contacting the battery ground cable terminal or a clean, unpainted metal part on the motor. DO NOT TRY TO RUN THIS TEST WITH A VOLTMETER; BECAUSE THE RESULTS WILL NOT BE RELIABLE. The light should come on when one of the plug's 4 terminals is probed. It should not come on if you probe the other 3 terminals in that plug. If there is no power to the coil harness plug; but the headlights work and the starter cranks the motor (as evidenced by the fan belt turning the pulleys); either the anti theft system is shutting down the ignition and fuel pump; or the ignition switch is defective. It also could be that there is another fuse box on this car (often in the engine compartment) and you didn't check the fuses in that box.

    If you get power to the coil pack, and the coil produces sparks; but there still is no fuel in the fuel rail; you'll need to check for power to the fuel pump. If power is getting to the fuel pump, but the pump does not run; either the ground connection for the pump wiring is corroded, or the fuel pump is defective.

    If you run these tests and have further questions; please do not open a new question. Just click the "answer this question" button; type your message in the box that appears; and click the "submit answer" button. Thank you.

  • spitty 01/21/13 2:09 am PST

    honestly i think your wasting your dollars best idea is to have someone run a diagnostic test on it or purchase an obd2 scanner off ebay and diagnose the problem your self .or you keep replacing parts till you find the problem but as i say it helps to have the fault codes and know what you have to fix in the first place save guessing



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