WHAT IS AN REASON WHY THE CAR WONT START?

  • Tiny
  • militarygirl91
  • 1997 Subaru Outback

We have a 97 subaru outback limited 2.5 We just rebuilt the engine and Bought new parts for it too. We replaced the battery and all the gaskets. The engine does receive fuel and generates spark. We also checked the injectors to make sure they were generating fuel also, everything seems to be working fine, the timing is dead on and at top dead center. What else could make the car not start?

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Monday, January 9th, 2012 AT 9:43 PM

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  • jacksprat
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You could carry out a cylinder compression test, or check the ignition timing.

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Monday, January 9th, 2012 AT 10:02 PM
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You sure its not on the exhaust stroke? If okay check the fuel pressure if its within specs and also for injection pulses

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Monday, January 9th, 2012 AT 10:03 PM
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We checked the timing, and its dead on, how do you do a cylinder compression test?

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Monday, January 9th, 2012 AT 10:10 PM
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You'll need a compression gauge. Screw it into the spark plug holes and crank the engine with your foot on full throttle. Check all cylinders and compare

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Monday, January 9th, 2012 AT 10:18 PM
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  • militarygirl91
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How do we do that if its a split motor? The only way to do that is if we take out the engine, there is no room to get to the spark plugs

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Monday, January 9th, 2012 AT 10:58 PM
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You could try to see if the engine will run briefly with easy start spray. Have someone spray a small amount into the intake while cranking. Don't do this for too long. If it runs briefly you can kind of assume all is ok mechanically and focus on fuel or ignition.

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Tuesday, January 10th, 2012 AT 5:00 PM
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You could try to briefly start it with easy start spray. Have someone spray a small amount of spray into the intake while cranking. Only do this briefly. If the engine starts you can kind of assume everything is OK mechanically and focus on fuelling or maybe ignition timing

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Tuesday, January 10th, 2012 AT 5:40 PM

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