Car wont start

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AMY HARRISON
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  • 2004 CHEVROLET CAVALIER
  • MANUAL
  • 155,558 MILES
I had a new fuel pump put on my car and it still wont start. One mechanic told me I needed a timing chain, the other mechanic told me I needed a new module. Which one is right?
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Sunday, July 10th, 2016 AT 6:21 PM

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Tiny
CARADIODOC
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First I am going to assume you mean the starter cranks the engine, but the engine does not start or run. You have to correct me if that is not right. "Does not start" can mean a number of different symptoms.

Next, you have to supply test results or the results of other diagnostic steps to give me something to analyze. Without that, there are dozens of different things that can cause a crank / no-start condition. If you paid two different mechanics for their diagnosis, why did you not let them perform the needed work rather than run somewhere else for a diagnosis you do like? If they came up with their solutions just based on a conversation with you, they are just guessing. For all they know, you could be out of gas.

You need to check for fuel pressure and spark. Too many people get hung up on the first thing they find missing and neglect to look further. More no-start conditions are caused by a problem in the circuits that affect both spark and fuel than with only one of those systems. Read and record any diagnostic fault codes. Those might indicate the circuit that needs further diagnosis.
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Sunday, July 10th, 2016 AT 7:19 PM
Tiny
RENEE
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Hi Amy,

Here is a link to an article that features written step by step instructions and pictures explaining how to do the scan yourself, also I have included a link to our YouTube channel with a how to video on code scanning. Most scanners are inexpensive to purchase, you can purchase one online from sites like Amazon.com

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/checking-a-service-engine-soon-or-check-engine-light-on-or-flashing

https://youtu.be/YV3TRZwer8k

Once you have the codes please get back to us so that we can further assist you. We are always happy to help.

Thank you for visiting 2CarPros.com.

Kindest regards,

Renee
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Monday, July 11th, 2016 AT 2:47 PM

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