1996 Infiniti I30 Cranks but NO START!

  • 1996 INFINITI I30
  • 187,000 MILES
I was driving slowed down for red light and my car stopped. No check engine light, no warning! It's cranking but not starting! Its getting gas, I took hose off while cranking the car and fuel went everywhere! I had a test light to coil packs and they were fine. I had to get a jump off that morning and I have had problems with it acting like it doesn't wont to start I usually press the gas and it starts. I'm praying and hoping my timing has not jumped I need help!
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Thursday, October 24th, 2013 AT 9:01 PM

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The first thing I would do is check for any stored codes in the computer to give you a starting point. Other than that you just have to go to a standard process of elimination for no start diagnostics.

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.

Once you have determined which of these functions has dropped out,
you will know which system is having the problem.
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Friday, October 25th, 2013 AT 2:29 AM

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