My car cut completely cut, totally dead, after.

Tiny
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My car cut completely cut, totally dead, after going over a speed bump. I thought maybe I had run out of gas. But that turned out not to be the problem. Could I have knocked something lose? I mean, it just cut right off after going over the bump. I wasn't going very fast at all. The starter turns over and tries to start, but it does not sound like it is even trying to catch, maybe like it is not getting any gas. What problems do you suspect?
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Wednesday, October 17th, 2012 AT 5:02 AM

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Tiny
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Do you have any codes?Also have you checked for spark?
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Wednesday, October 17th, 2012 AT 5:57 AM
Tiny
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All I know as of right now is that it is not firing.
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Thursday, October 18th, 2012 AT 12:14 PM
Tiny
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Do you have any spark?
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Friday, October 19th, 2012 AT 5:15 AM
Tiny
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The check engine light is not on, but someone suggested it was the crank shaft position sensor. Told me to go buy one and replace it. My son thinks it could be the fuel pump. I go over these speed bumps every day so I thought I had knocked something loose. I mean the car totally died the minute I went over one. I am sorry if I do not seem to know what I am talking about here. I am a divorced woman trying to figure this thing out with little help. As far as is there any spark, I do not know how to check that. I know when you try to start it, it just acts like it is not getting gas to it.
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Monday, October 22nd, 2012 AT 1:20 PM
Tiny
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You can buy a spark tester from the auto parts store it goes inline between the spark plug and spark plug wire. If it lights up while cranking you have spark. That would lead to a possible crank shaft position sensor. To check that sensor you would need a multi meter to check that.
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Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012 AT 3:50 AM
Tiny
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Ok, we figured out it is not getting any spark. What next?
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Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012 AT 5:19 PM
Tiny
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If the fuel pump goes out will the car still have fire?
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Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012 AT 5:36 PM
Tiny
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Yes it would still have spark do you have a multimeter to do some testing?
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Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012 AT 7:25 PM
Tiny
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What tests do I need to do with it? I don't have one but can get one probably.
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Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012 AT 10:36 PM
Tiny
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What size engine do you have?ALso see if you can rent a code reader to check for codes?
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Wednesday, October 24th, 2012 AT 3:56 AM
Tiny
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It is a 2.5L V6. Would I need to check for codes since the check engine light never came on?
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Wednesday, October 24th, 2012 AT 7:59 AM
Tiny
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I always check for codes for no starts etc one of the first things I do. Just because you never saw the light doesn't mean you dont have any codes.
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Wednesday, October 24th, 2012 AT 4:35 PM
Tiny
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Well it is out of my hands now. It is getting towed to a garage today. I was just trying to save some money and have my son work on it instead, and let him make some extra cash. I do appreciate your help though.
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Wednesday, October 24th, 2012 AT 4:42 PM
Tiny
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There can be a code even without a check engine light? Interesting.
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Wednesday, October 24th, 2012 AT 4:46 PM
Tiny
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Yes there can. My guess is probably a My guess is probably a crankshaft position sensor.
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Wednesday, October 24th, 2012 AT 7:05 PM
Tiny
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Did I not mention that we replaced that already thinking it might be the cause? But it was not.
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Wednesday, October 24th, 2012 AT 7:43 PM
Tiny
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Sorry if I did not mention it. Car is not going to be picked up until tomorrow, so any other suggestions would be appreciated. Thinking from what I've seen that maybe coil pack or distributor would be next? Do those show a code?
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Wednesday, October 24th, 2012 AT 7:46 PM
Tiny
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You mentioned someone suggested replacing the crank sensor but you never for sure said you did it.I posted how to test the power transistor and ignition coil. You can get jumper leads from auto zone.
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Thursday, October 25th, 2012 AT 12:09 AM
Tiny
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Is there a way to tell if the ecu is bad without it throwing a code?
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Monday, March 25th, 2013 AT 7:03 PM
Tiny
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You have to just eliminate everything else.
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Tuesday, March 26th, 2013 AT 2:07 AM

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