1990 ACURA CAR STARTS SOMETIMES

  • Tiny
  • mikeosos
  • 1990 Acura

Engine Mechanical problem
1990 Other Acura Models 4 cyl Two Wheel Drive Automatic 180000 miles

my son has this car that he can get in the car and it will start up then he can get in it and all it will do is crank over.I put new wires and distributor cap and plugs in it and a new fuel pump and does the same thing any help would be appreciated

Thursday, July 16th, 2009 AT 5:13 PM

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  • Jacobandnickolas
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When this happes, have you been able to check to see if there is spark and fuel making it to the engine? Chances are one will be missing. Let me know what you find. Also, if you need " How To" information for either procedure, let me know.
Joe

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Thursday, July 16th, 2009 AT 10:04 PM
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Thank you for your reply, this evening I put a fuel filter on thinking it could be pluging up and now I can't get fuel to the filter and I can hear the pump run for 1 or 2 sec when I turn the key over I am baffeled am I supposed to prime the filter?

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Thursday, July 16th, 2009 AT 10:20 PM
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The filter doesn't need primed. It sounds like you have a bad fuel pump. What I recommend doing is checking for fuel pressure before the filter. You will need to get a "T" to place between the filter and fuel line so you can attach a gauge. Here is a How To for checking fuel pressure:

http://www.2carpros.com/how_to/how_to_check_fuel_pressure.htm

Let me know what you find. Keep in mind, the pump may be running and still be bad.

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Thursday, July 16th, 2009 AT 11:57 PM

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