1996 Nissan Sentra Car Will Not Start

  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
  • 182,000 MILES
The other day I was going down the freeway (doing about 75mph). While normally I just roll down the windows and let God take care of the air conditioning, I had my nephews in the car so we actually turned on the real air conditioner to about medium. The car all of a sudden stopped running (I neded up coasting to the side of the road). I thought maybe I had ran out of gas, but after the AAA service tech put some in the car, it still didn't work. Now I have the car how and can see that there is a hose that is not connect to anything, but I don't see a place to connect it to. The hose is located near my fuel filter and connected, I believe to the transmission, though I am not positive about that. The hose is about a 1/4" thick and also has a funny shape, like a "J" with an extra curved in bottom portion. Any ideas on what the issue could be?

I have tried starting the car again, and while it did catch once (and took me half way around the neighborhood, thanks for small cars which I had to push the rest of the way home) it has not started again. I have heard from a few people to try the fuel filter and fuel pump, but at $500 to have a mechanic fix, I want to find out about the hose before I do anything major to the car.
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Wednesday, July 15th, 2009 AT 7:22 PM

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What you need to do is check for fuel and spark-Do below and get back with some results.

Disconnect a sparkplug wire or 2 and ground it to the engine -have helper crank engine over-do you have a snapping blue spark? If so-you have a fuel related problem, check the fuel pressure to rule out the fuel filter/fuel pump/pressure regulator and listen to the injector/s are they pulsing or hook up a noid light. No snapping blue spark continue to troubleshoot the ignition system-power input to the coil/coil packs, coil's resistances, cap and rotor /distributor pick-up coil, ignition control module, ECM, Ignitor cam and crank sensors- Note: If it doesn't apply disregard it
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Wednesday, July 15th, 2009 AT 7:26 PM

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