Cranks will not start

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TOMMY FLANAGAN
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  • 2000 MITSUBISHI MIRAGE
  • 1.5L
  • 4 CYL
  • 2WD
  • 2,660,039 MILES
My car was missing so I put a new set of plug wires on it it run good for three to five minutes then it shut off and now it will not start. I have no fire at all now they told me at Advance Auto Parts to put a new crankshaft position sensor on it that would take care of it. I paid $95.00 for it I put it to be put on and still will not start. It turns over but will not start. Any one no what it is? I need help! Thanks.
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Sunday, January 7th, 2018 AT 6:33 PM

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HARRY P
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Well they cannot actually tell what part to replace by simply scanning it. Scanning the system just gives a code number, which identifies a problem somewhere in a particular system. So what code number did they give you?

Also, raise the hood and recheck your work. If a coil wire or something came loose, it could easily keep your car from starting.

The next easy thing to check is for sparks. You can do this with a tester that is available at AutoZone or any other auto parts store. Here is a link for one on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Lisle-20610-Inline-Spark-Tester/dp/B0002STSC6/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1501325755&sr=8-3&keywords=spark+tester

Basically, you pull the plug wire off of the distributor and plug in this tester between the the distributor and the plug wire. Then get someone to turn the key while you observe it. If it flashes, then you have spark. Check all of the cylinders and the wire going from the coil to the distributor. Sparks should be bright and consistent.

Let us know what you find.
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Sunday, January 7th, 2018 AT 6:45 PM
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TOMMY FLANAGAN
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I have put a crank sensor on it, I have put new plugs and plug wires and distributor cap and rotor button on it and it still will not start. I have check there is no fire on the plugs or the wires. What can it be? Help.
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Tuesday, January 9th, 2018 AT 6:19 AM
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HARRY P
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Well I would bet that the distributor itself is bad (shorted) or the timing belt has slipped a tooth or even broke. I tried to look up a way to test the distributor, but can only see testing methods that require special tools that most people just don't have. At 200,000 plus miles, it could be a lot of things.

Check your fuses. All of them. And then think about the distributor.
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Tuesday, January 9th, 2018 AT 10:21 AM
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TOMMY FLANAGAN
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Yet that is what I was told it might be it don't have no fire at all on it I was told last night by some one it might be a cam position sensor but I don't no if that wood make it not have fire or not I have check all the fuses they are all good I just put new plug wires on it and it ran for 5 mints or so and it die and wood not star back up so I put a crank position sensor on it and that didn't do nothing I check the fire and they ant none on it at all .
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Wednesday, January 10th, 2018 AT 5:22 AM
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HARRY P
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I believe the camshaft position sensor is built in to the distributor actually. I'd say that your problem all along was that the distributor was dying. Out of curiosity though, what error code(s) did you get when you had it scanned? They could simply be the key to telling us what's wrong for sure.
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Wednesday, January 10th, 2018 AT 6:15 PM
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TOMMY FLANAGAN
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Well I am in I am in Georgia on the side of the road broke down I ant had it check for codes they told me at the park store it was a crankshaft position sensor so I put one of them on there and it didn't start it so I don't no what to do now I live in Lenoir City ten I don't no if I can get a use distributor or not and try that I don't no how to put the Kohl's in it will I have to put it in time when I put a distributor in it thanks for helping me with this they won't 300.00 dollars to pull it to were I live just don't have it.
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Thursday, January 11th, 2018 AT 5:50 AM
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TOMMY FLANAGAN
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I have put a new I've had to put a new timing belt new water pump new camshaft position sensor new wires new plugs need rotary button rotary cap and I still don't got no fire on it don't no what it can be it is a 2000 Mitsubishi Mirage 1.5 L I don't no if I put new distributor and hit will hit come with the coal and everything in the new distributor if I get a use one
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Thursday, January 11th, 2018 AT 7:11 AM
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HARRY P
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Ok. Is the service engine light on? If so, you'll really have to find a way to get it scanned. Guessing at the problem hasn't done a lick of good for you ($95 on a sensor that you didn't need). If nothing else, buy a cheap scanner and hook it up and see what it tells you. As far as the used distributor, I can't say I'd suggest doing that at all. There's no way for you to know if the distributor that you're getting is good. The junk yard people will tell you it's good, but they'll tell you that for anything because they want your money. And I can't really tell you what they're going to include with it, as that's basically up to them. I can tell you that from what I see, the coil is built in to the distributor, so it is included no matter where you get it from. Again, while I *think* the problem is in the distributor, I really think you need to find a way to get it scanned.
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Thursday, January 11th, 2018 AT 10:13 AM
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TOMMY FLANAGAN
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Ok I see if I can fine a way to scan it and see what it says I let you no and thank you for everything you have told me ok thank you.
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Thursday, January 11th, 2018 AT 11:46 AM
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KEN L
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Did you ever get the problem fixed?

Cheers, Ken
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Sunday, June 24th, 2018 AT 5:04 PM

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