I replaced the crankshaft sensor, and by doing the ignition trick of on and off, I get the following diagnostic codes. P0340 ( camshaft position sensor ), P1388 ( Auto shutdown (ASD) ), P0622 ( Alternator field improper switching ), P1289 ( Mamifold tune valve solenoid circuit ), P1282 fuel pump relay control circuit. I bought another camshaft position sensor, but haven't replaced it yet, because for some reason I don't feel that is the source of not starting. This car has the 2.7l engine, and turns over easily, and will act like it is trying to start when I first turn on the ignition, but then just turns over and over. If I leave the upper manifold off, and try starting I do get flames up through the ports.
I do remember there was a ground wire bolted to the right side head, on the transmission end, but I have looked and looked and for some reason I cannot find the wire with the eyelet to bolt back to the head. I don't know if not having this ground wire attached could be the problem. I don't know what the ground wire came from. I am a 60 year old amateur mechanic, and this is the first time I have ever replaced a head, but other than that, I am pretty confident about most of the basics. I tripled checked the position of the timing chain, so that all the marks on the camshafts and crankshaft were properly lined up with the marks on the chain.
Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012 AT 5:10 PM