1995 Lincoln Continental Does not strat.

Tiny
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  • 1995 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL
  • V8
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 220,000 MILES
The car was running perfectly and has never had a problem except a faulty fuel injector. After turning the engine off, the next morning I tried starting it. The engine just continuously turns over without even trying to start (i.E. No sputtering). It is as if there is no spark. Did not test for spark. However, I was able to access the dual air inlets and pour a little bit of gasoline directly into both of them. Still just turns over quickly and no indication that it is trying to start. Left it sitting for 5 days, and same problem.
Checked all the large fuses under the hood near the battery, and the other fuses under the dashboard. All OK.
Confused.
Ready to call AAA and bring to repair shop.

HELP!

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Matt Bodziony
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Wednesday, September 9th, 2009 AT 6:11 PM

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Tiny
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Matt,
I need you to check to see if it is getting spark and fuel to the engine. Here is a how to video for checking fuel pressure. If you need the same for checking spark, let me know.

http://www.2carpros.com/how_to/how_to_check_fuel_pressure.htm

Let me know what you find.
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Wednesday, September 9th, 2009 AT 10:51 PM
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I checked for spark on one spark plug from each of the two 4-cyl ignition coils (8-cy engine). No spark. Additionally, fuel is under pressure in the stainless steel lines goin to the fuel injectors. With the ignition key on, the valve (similar to a tire valve) squirts considerable fuel out when depressed in the middle, and then stops. When trying to start it again, the pressure builds up and will squirt out again, and stop. The ignition key is on when I do this.
It appears that I need help to again get a spark.
Please help.

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Matt
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Thursday, September 10th, 2009 AT 5:37 PM
Tiny
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Are you getting power to the coils?
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Thursday, September 10th, 2009 AT 9:11 PM
Tiny
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I checked the plug going into one of the two ignition coils. In the 3 pin connector, the center pin is the battery, according to the manual. There is 12 volts when the key is on.

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Sunday, September 13th, 2009 AT 12:50 PM
Tiny
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If you are getting power, then either the coil is bad, or you have a bad crank sensor.
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Sunday, September 13th, 2009 AT 7:12 PM
Tiny
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I have 2 coils, each controls 4 cylinders. Power going into both coils OK. When I checked for spark, I checked spark from one spark plug wire from each of the coils and no spark. Hard to believe that both coils are bad. Coils are approx. $48/each.
It looks like I will try the crank case sensor 1st and let you know. Approx $28. Will have to order, arrive in 2-3 days.

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Matt
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Monday, September 14th, 2009 AT 7:06 AM
Tiny
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I agree, it is hard to believe that both are bad. You can have the crank sensor tested before replacing it. You may want to do that rather than just replacing.
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Monday, September 14th, 2009 AT 7:51 AM
Tiny
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Bingo!
Installed a new crank sensor and the car started right up.
Very Easy to put in (5 minutes) working through the wheelwell with the right front wheel off.
$29 for the sensor.

My donation to you guys was worth your easy methodical way of eliminating things one at a time.

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Matt
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Thursday, September 17th, 2009 AT 4:22 PM

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