Car stalled at a stop light and would not start up again

Tiny
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  • 1992 BUICK CENTURY
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Driving car in town stopped at a light and the car stalled would not start. My father in- law is who I bought car from he looked over and figured out the harmonic balancer is bad. But all videos I watch the car still runs. Mine wont start period. Any suggestions?
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Tuesday, October 25th, 2016 AT 4:23 PM

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Tiny
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All "crank, no start" conditions are approached in the same way.

Follow this link to start testing

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/car-cranks-but-wont-start

Once you have determined which of these functions has dropped out,
you will know which system is having the problem.

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Tuesday, October 25th, 2016 AT 4:28 PM
Tiny
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Yes it's all crank no start. But I don't have any mechanical experience and don't have a mechanic that I trust. On a budget. If it jumped time will that stop it from starting
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Tuesday, October 25th, 2016 AT 4:31 PM
Tiny
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There are hundreds of things that will cause it not to start. Until you give me some test results, I can't tell you where to look.
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Tuesday, October 25th, 2016 AT 4:34 PM
Tiny
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Well all the lil test tools like to test spark n fuel pressure can I rent them or they cheap. Can I get em at O'Reilly's
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Tuesday, October 25th, 2016 AT 4:37 PM
Tiny
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And it's been a few months since car broke down. I'm just now getting around to fixing it
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Tuesday, October 25th, 2016 AT 4:39 PM
Tiny
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You can buy a noid light and spark tester for under $10, same goes for an electrical test light. Most part stores will rent or loan a fuel pressure gauge.
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Tuesday, October 25th, 2016 AT 4:40 PM
Tiny
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Will I get accurate reading tho since I'm trying to diagnose the main problem so late
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Tuesday, October 25th, 2016 AT 4:42 PM
Tiny
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Of course you will. The time lapsed has no bearing on anything.
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Tuesday, October 25th, 2016 AT 4:43 PM
Tiny
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Just called O'Reilly's they don't rent them but sell em. The guy said they range in price, 6-30$ depends on the quality I want. What can u recommend
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Tuesday, October 25th, 2016 AT 4:51 PM
Tiny
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I paid a guy 150$ up front to work on my car. He got the balancer bolt out then changed his number LOL.
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Tuesday, October 25th, 2016 AT 4:53 PM
Tiny
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This is what happened. I changed plugs wires air filter car ran good then it started losing power making funny noises one day it sounded like I was dragging something I stopped to look. Nothing. Stopped at a light car stalled wouldn't start. Bought harmonic balancer n belt for 130$ all brand new. The guy I paid said he thinks a injector is bad.
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Tuesday, October 25th, 2016 AT 4:56 PM
Tiny
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Guess I'll go wit a mediocre gages. Any suggestions before I waste more cash lol
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Tuesday, October 25th, 2016 AT 5:02 PM

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