1996 Chevy Cavalier 211,000

Tiny
LEWISE
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  • 1996 CHEVROLET TRUCK
My cavalier has recently been giving off a rich gas odor from the engine compartment. It recently stalled on me on the freeway. I replaced the battery, checked and replaced the spark plugs (good). It turns over but just wont crank. It has good compression. The spark plugs are moist.
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Wednesday, December 6th, 2006 AT 12:16 PM

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Tiny
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You need to make shure you actually have spark.
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Thursday, December 7th, 2006 AT 12:51 AM
Tiny
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[quote="Canvis69@yahoo. Com"]You need to make shure you actually have spark.[/Quote]

Its got spark. I put the old plugs back in to make sure and its sparking.
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Thursday, December 7th, 2006 AT 10:38 AM
Tiny
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Well you need 3 things compression, gas, and spark. You say the plugs are moist so you have gas. You may want to borrow a fuel pressure tester from a auto store and test the pressure anyways. Have you actually held the plugs against the frame (with insulated pliers) or used a low voltage ignition tester to SEE the spark (they can be to weak). After that you need to check timing. And the timing belt. Pull the cap of the distributer. If the rotor turns when the engine cranks your ok. Also check the rotor and the cap. After that it's all a matter of compression. BUT, unless you fried the fuel pump or the ignition system completely failed somehow, or the timing belt snapped, the engine would probably still run, just with a dead miss. Even bad sensors minus the crank sensor, will let you run badly. So really check the fuel system, fuel filter and ignition. Otherwise if it all checks ok, then it is an error from a hall effect sensor or the like and the injectors are out of time. In that case you have to have a shop fix it.
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Thursday, December 7th, 2006 AT 1:44 PM

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