1986 Dodge 600 will not start

Tiny
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  • 1986 DODGE 600
  • 56,000 MILES
Engine turns over but won't fire. Turn key on and I can hear pump turn on and pressure up. My daughter was driving it and car was feeling sluggish and than just died. It never started again. It has been sitting for 2 years. What should I check before throwing in a fuel pump. Could it be relay, clogged fuel filter(does not look like it has ever been changed) I want to get it going so I can sell it. Running car should sell for more than a dead car?
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Saturday, July 27th, 2013 AT 8:00 AM

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Tiny
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All "crank, no start" conditions are approached in the same way. Every engine requires certain functions to be able to run. Some of these functions rely on specific components to work and some components are part of more than one function so it is important to see the whole picture to be able to conclude anything about what may have failed. Also, these functions can ONLY be tested during the failure. Any other time and they will simply test good because the problem isn't present at the moment.
If you approach this in any other way, you are merely guessing and that only serves to replace unnecessary parts and wastes money.

Every engine requires spark, fuel and compression to run. That's what we have to look for.

These are the basics that need to be tested and will give us the info required to isolate a cause.

1) Test for spark at the plug end of the wire using a spark tester. If none found, check for power supply on the + terminal of the coil with the key on.

2) Test for injector pulse using a small bulb called a noid light. If none found, check for power supply at one side of the injector with the key on.

3) Use a fuel pressure gauge to test for correct fuel pressure, also noticing if the pressure holds when key is shut off.

4) If all of these things check good, then you would need to do a complete compression test.
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Saturday, July 27th, 2013 AT 8:25 AM
Tiny
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Did some more digging and found the timing belt was shredded and gone. Now wondering if the 2.2 turbo is a interference fit engine?
Thanks for reply to not to throw money at it.
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Sunday, August 4th, 2013 AT 6:01 PM
Tiny
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No, the SOHC 2.2 is free wheeling.
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Sunday, August 4th, 2013 AT 6:06 PM

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