2000 Chevy Malibu Won't stay on

Tiny
SKUZER87
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  • 2000 CHEVROLET MALIBU
2000 Chevy Malibu 6 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic

The problem is no spark to the spark plugs, we think. We have replaced the harmonic balancer, cram shaft sensor, crank shaft sensor, spark plug wires, starter plate, coil packs, spark plugs, timing chain, timing gears, serpentien belt, tensioner pully, battery, starter, head gasket and a tune-up. The most recent thing we replaced was the cram shaft sensor and after that it started and ran for about 10 minutes and then shut off and would not restart. We don't have any more ideas. HELP!
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Saturday, July 11th, 2009 AT 8:25 PM

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Tiny
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Hi Skuzer87,

Thank you for the donation.

Seems you have your hands full. Just a few questions to get us started.

Did you try to retrieve for trouble codes?

Did you test if there were voltage at the fuel iinjectors and coil packs when ignition is turned on and while cranking?

What was the reason for replacing the head gasket?

Are the dash lights showing while cranking?

Did you perform a compression test?

Are the timing chain and gears correctly installed?

Is this the reason (not starting) for the extensive repairs?
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Sunday, July 12th, 2009 AT 4:49 AM
Tiny
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Yes we have tried to retrieve the codes but it just says "no codes". We believe that is because the car won't stay on for us to receive codes.

When we replaced the cam shaft sensor there was voltage but it went away when the car died again.

We have had the coil pack and starter tested and they are both working.

We checked the heads to make sure they were not warped.

The lights and everything turn on but the car doesn't actually start. The AC and radio come on and everything.

We have not done a compression test. We didn't know to do that.

The chain and gears are correct and have been checked multiple times just to make sure.

The reason for all the repairs is due to the car not starting. It started over heating and we replaced water pump and head gaskets to correct that problem. After that is when the car started turning off after a short amount of time. Most of the repairs have been because of the car not starting. We are eliminating everything that we or anyone else can think of but nothing has worked.
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Sunday, July 12th, 2009 AT 2:01 PM
Tiny
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The ignition coils would need power supply to work and you need to test if voltage is available while cranking.

Seems Malibu are known to have issues with the ignition switch and power supply could be missing while cranking causing the non starting.
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Sunday, July 12th, 2009 AT 3:21 PM

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