1984 Mercury Lynx starting

Tiny
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  • 1984 MERCURY LYNX
  • 1,430,000 MILES
I have changed everything and it still wont start not even if I jump it it has new battiery, hose filter?It worked fine till the radiator hose got a leak after I replaced it the car started and turned right back off and now it just turns the motor but wont start?
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Friday, October 4th, 2013 AT 7:29 PM

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Tiny
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What does "everything" mean. Did you diagnose all the parts as defective or did you just guess at random parts? If the starter cranks the engine, why did you replace the battery or try a jump-start? Is it cranking at the normal speed? Which hose did you replace? Which filter? Have you checked for spark? How about fuel pressure? Do you have the 1.6L engine without the turbocharger? We need to know the engine size when discussing an engine-related problem.
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Friday, October 4th, 2013 AT 8:20 PM
Tiny
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Oh did I not say radiator hose. Hmmm and because after awhile of working on it the battery just was dieing all the time n thanks for Ur time expert! I'm guessing Ur defective by Ur answer smart ass
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Friday, October 4th, 2013 AT 10:13 PM
Tiny
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For Pete sake, why the attitude? Did your parents not teach you common courtesy? I'm taking my time to try to help you with absolutely no information. If it's not top secret, SHARE IT! Don't make me guess! There's two radiator hoses, two heater hoses that many people call "radiator hoses", and an overflow hose. Any one can cause a problem. If you can't be specific about which hose it is, put the blame where it belongs when I have to ask for more information. Some people are courteous enough to say they don't know which hose it is. I can help with that. There's no need to get angry.

Your title says "starting", then you said you "changed everything". Do you really think I know what you mean by that? TELL ME! I have to infer what the car is doing, or what problem you're trying to solve by analyzing the parts you replaced and how each one affected the problem. If a part didn't help, just say so. You wouldn't take your car to a mechanic, throw the keys at him and tell him to "fix it". He'd stare at you until you volunteered a little information. You already know you're driving a "killer car" that has a huge problem with steering parts and tire wear problems. That's the first thing I'd suspect you were there for if you don't say anything. Of course, if you really did "replace everything" five or six times, that would explain how you could get over a million miles on that car. All of them fell apart or crashed long before they could hope to go half that far. Most people scrapped them when they got fed up with putting new tires on the front every 15,000 miles.

I guess you don't want me to know which filter you replaced either. Many people replace the fuel filter thinking it can cause a no-start. That is very rare on Fords, and never occurs on Chryslers, so I would have stopped you from wasting your money on that. It IS somewhat common on GM cars. You could also be referring to the air filter. Some Escort / Lynx models had the filter housing right in the front where they commonly got impacted with snow, dirt, and bugs. If, for whatever reason, you replaced that, then tried to start the engine with the housing or fresh air tube disconnected, you'll have a no-start because the air going into the engine won't go through the mass air flow sensor. The Engine Computer won't see any air flow so it won't command any fuel from the injector(s). Can't say what you have for injectors because you don't want me to know which engine you have either.

Now you're saying the battery was dying, which I can understand, but why did you have to add the sarcastic comments? My next question would have been, "was it dying from trying to start the engine, was it running down from just sitting overnight, or was that battery bad"? I can help you test the battery and charging system. If the battery was still good, you don't replace it when it runs down; you put a battery charger on it. If it was running down overnight with nothing turned on, I can help you test that too. I taught young adults how to do that for nine years.

Now I can't tell if you know what you're doing, or if you need guidance that I can offer. You've mentioned parts that are all over the place which suggests you're just throwing random parts at it in hopes one will stick and solve the problem. That is the most expensive and least effective way to diagnose a problem. I wish you had come here sooner so I could have saved you some money and time.

The way you type suggests you're a youngster playing with texting on a phone. In your original post you couldn't be bothered to use any punctuation. That makes it very hard to interpret because what you wrote can be read multiple ways. I can't see your hand and facial expressions, and I can't hear the inflection in your voice.

"it worked fine till the radiator hose got a leak after I replaced it". Do you really mean the hose started leaking after you replaced it? I bet not, but that's where the miscommunication causes confusion. If you really want to fix your car and want some help, make what you type understandable. I promise I'm going to proofread my replies at least three times before I post them so I don't add to the confusion. That's for YOUR benefit, not mine.

You still refused to say if you checked for spark and / or fuel pressure. How do you expect me to offer suggestions or troubleshooting steps if I don't even know what isn't working. Exactly what kind of answer are you looking for? If you don't know how to check for spark, just say so. I can explain how to do it.

If you really want help with your car, get off the toy and ask politely like an adult. I'll do everything I can, but I'm not psychic. YOU'RE the one by the car. YOU'RE the one who is going to have to take measurements and share the results and any other observations. If you want to have an attitude because I dared to ask for more information, go somewhere else where you can get the attention you want. I have too many grateful new friends here who deserve my time.
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Saturday, October 5th, 2013 AT 1:32 AM

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