Engine does not start

Tiny
ARNOLD SIKAONA
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  • 2000 MITSUBISHI PAJERO
  • 4 CYL
  • 4WD
  • MANUAL
  • 100 MILES
Engine has been running well for the past five years until one morning when it failed to start. Tried to remove the fuel pump and clean but it could not still start. Any idea why?
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Thursday, November 1st, 2018 AT 11:38 AM

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JONNYB1963
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Well you need three things to make the engine run, fuel, air, and spark. You need to start with those three things answered before you can go any further. Check if you getting spark at the plugs. Fuel to the engine and air into the intake manifold! Check those.

Jon
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Thursday, November 1st, 2018 AT 11:46 AM
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JACOBANDNICKOLAS
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Hi and thanks for using 2CarPros.com.

As was mentioned, you need the components listed above as well as proper timing.

An easy way to eliminate things is this. See if the engine will start using starting fluid. If it starts for a couple seconds and shuts off, then we know it is fuel related. If it fails to start, then we have to look at ignition and engine timing.

Here is a link that discusses the most common reasons why an engine fails to start. Read through it and follow the directions supplied. Once you do that, let me know what you find.

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

Here are links for the specific components to check: Do them in this order.

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-to-check-fuel-system-pressure-and-regulator

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-to-test-an-ignition-system

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-to-test-a-fuel-injector

Let us know what you find. And, as I mentioned, the starting fluid test can save time, but the process of elimination is your call.

Take care,
Joe
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Thursday, November 1st, 2018 AT 5:50 PM

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