WONT START ANYMORE

  • Tiny
  • Angel Cage
  • 1987 Chevrolet Celebrity
  • 18,000 miles

1987 Chevy Celebrity, 2.8 FI. Car was the most trustworthy car ever. Its started cutting out when it would reach operating temp and would not restart till it cooled off. Problem got worse and now it wont start at all. I changed the CPS and ICM. I checked fuel pressure at start and at problem and it 40-45 so that should eliminate the pump or filter. Its an old car and a lot of wiring is greasy and hard to ID. I poured my heart and soul into this car doing heavy body mods but at no time altered any electric or mech operations to the car. Just body mods, and yes, I did disconnected the battery during welding. The car ran after the mods and made 2 car shows before breaking my heart. This may be helpful. During welding there was a small fire under the dash and it was put out quick and all wiring was checked for burns and all were fine but, it was near the ECM so could it have fried the ECM and/or Prom with the heat?

Friday, October 5th, 2012 AT 1:23 AM

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  • Tiny
  • Angel Cage
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Opps. That was 180,000 miles.

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Friday, October 5th, 2012 AT 1:50 AM
  • Tiny
  • CJ MEDEVAC
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COIL?

SOMETIMES A COIL WILL ACT UP LIKE THAT

DOES THE CHECK ENGINE LIGHT WORK (KEY ON, BEFORE START). IS IT ON PERMANENTLY?

YOUR TURN

THE MEDIC

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Friday, October 5th, 2012 AT 2:02 AM
  • Tiny
  • Angel Cage
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The check engine light functions as it should-on at start, off when started. I used it to read the codes and it functioned correct there two.

I try to check responses often but life and family slow me down so be patient and I will be back online to look for replies. Thank you.

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Saturday, October 6th, 2012 AT 11:13 PM
  • Tiny
  • Angel Cage
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The only code it read was a 12. The book says that means "No distributer reference pulses to the PCM (normal)"

When the car first started having the problem, it felt like it just ran out of gas and I actually check my tank phsycally to make sure the gauge was working and I hadnt been syphoned overnite.

I have inspected the egr and it appears normal but, havent checked out the coils yet, will do so today.

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Sunday, October 7th, 2012 AT 2:07 PM
  • Tiny
  • KHLow2008
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http://www.2carpros.com/articles/car-cranks-but-wont-start

You need to find out what is missing.

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Sunday, October 7th, 2012 AT 3:28 PM
  • Tiny
  • Angel Cage
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Well the car is nickle and diming me to death with all the possible parts wrong with it so im taking it in to the shop next week to find out for sure whats shot. I will post the results so if the question comes up again with someone elses car we have some data.

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Wednesday, October 10th, 2012 AT 11:22 PM

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