1985 Camaro V6, wont start

Tiny
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  • 1985 CHEVROLET CAMARO
I need help. My roommate had this car rotting in my driveway, I asked what he was going to do with it and he said nothing. Long story short I kinda adopted it and I cant get it to start. It ran 6 months ago when he drove it to the house and its been parked since. He said he has never had a problem starting it. This is what I can tell you. Battery was dead and out of the car so I bought a new one and (red to + and black to --) WRONG. He neglected to tell me the battery cables were backwards. Thanks alot. So I switched cables. Now it is starter to positive point and altenator to negative point.
(i still dont know if this is correct.). Still no go. I had a friend look at it. He says he is an electrician. He did some mods and still no go. I had another friend look at it (i trust this guy) and he said everything is backwards in regards to the battery and said the engine was turning backwards when I tried to start it. Well he says now everything is normal and we still cant get it to start. He says there is water in the fuel lines and I need to put a compressor on the lines and bleed them. I need help with this guys. Did my engine turn backwards. Is this possible, if so is the engine screwed. Or is it true the fuel lines just need to be bled. HELP ME help my Camaro.
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Tuesday, May 8th, 2007 AT 12:41 AM

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Tiny
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I hate to see a Camaro in pain.

First, it's best to get the battery issue resolved. Usually, the negative terminal wire is connected to the body somewhere. Most things ground to the body/frame for returning power to the battery. Typically, on older vehicles, the starter has it's own power wire that runs straight to the positive battery terminal. Check to see if it has one, and that it is wired to the right one.

I highly doubt the engine could be turned backward, I've never heard of that happening from anyone. I guess there's a first time for everything though, so you never know. :-/

Try turning the key to the on position and listen for the fuel pump to engage. You'll hear it hum and then stop, which is the sound of it pressurizing the line. Let me know if you can hear it work.

Does the engine at least turn over when you then try to start it?
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Thursday, May 17th, 2007 AT 2:01 AM
Tiny
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Thanks for yhe reply and I apologize for a late reply back.(I was on a kayak expedition and just got back) anyway. My baby does try and turn over and I checked the battery cables and I have a cable runnning from the starter to the positive terminal and the negative terminal has a cable going to the alternator and another to the body of the car. I also tried to listen for the hum of the fuel pump and I am not really hearing anything. I took the gas cap off and there was alot of pressure being relieved and gurgling of the gas.I am assuming it was alot of pressure. My guess right now is the fuel pump is inop. If it is how hard is it to replace? Well thats pretty much whats going on now. Thanks for any reply or help you might have.

DD
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Sunday, June 10th, 2007 AT 1:36 AM
Tiny
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If it cranks, you're not hydro-locked.

Well, when it comes to replacing the fuel pump, you have to drop the tank. When it comes to dropping the tank. You have to remove the rear-end. :-(

If the pump is bad, it's probably best to have a shop do the repair if you don't have air tools and adequate space.

When you remove your gas cap, are you hearing pressure release like you said, or is it a vacuum pulling air in? If it's a vacuum, that's normal. The EGR system pulls a vacuum in the tank under normal operation. (Though I don't know if that applies to just trying to start the car.) If it is, in fact, gas gurgling, it might just be because it's been sitting, and the fumes have built up pressure inside. I would guess that's also normal for a car sitting so long.

Have you tried putting fresh fuel into the tank? I would try putting at least a gallon or two of new gas, since the old may have become stagnant sitting there for over six months.

Have you checked all your fuses? With all that crazy wiring trouble, some fuses may have been blown, specifically crucial ones. I'm not sure about the third-gens, but I know in my fourth there's a second relay and fuse box under the hood as well. It could be that your fuel or ignition system (injectors, ECM, etc.) Has a blown fuse, or that your fuel pump's relay (if your car has one) is dead. If possible, try trading your fuel pump relay for another in the box, say the air pump or air conditioning, whatever fits. Try starting it then. If it does, and your fuses are all good, the relay is the issue.

If you can, crawl under the car and check the fuel lines that travel along the bottom of the body beneath the driver side. One may be crushed, if the car's been ran over something.
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Sunday, July 1st, 2007 AT 8:58 PM

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