1992 Oldsmobile Achieva Wont' start

Tiny
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  • 1992 OLDSMOBILE
  • 4 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 190,700 MILES
My 1992 Oldsmobile Achieva had its engine replaced at 110000 miles and a transmission replaced shortly after and when I bought it I took it and had the oil changed and inspected and it ran great until we were leaving the bank where it died, but started right back up, after we got home I had to go run an errand and I got to the end of the driveway which has a slight upward slope and the car died and would not start. I got up the next morning went down to the end of the driveway it started right up and I drove it around a bit before bringing it in and parking. I replaced the fuel filter in it and then I went to work in it and when it was time to go it wouldn't start again, so I bought starter fluid and used it to start it up again. I used the starter fluid a couple more times and now the starter fluid will fire the engine but it won't run it fires and dies, like its not getting gas which it has a half tank. The last couple of times I tried it once there was a loud pop and smoke came out the breather. Afterwords my father helped me try to get it started and it continued not to start.
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Monday, July 28th, 2008 AT 11:18 PM

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Tiny
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Do you have a check engine light and when was it last tune-up?

When you turn key to run do you hear the fuel pump come on for 2secs? -If so check the actual fuel pressure with a fuel pressure gauge designed for your fuel system and report back with the readings. Below is how your fuel system is wired ands what's involved-
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Tuesday, July 29th, 2008 AT 3:44 AM
Tiny
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Yes, the check engine light comes on at times, last tune up is unknown, and the fuel pump comes on.

Also could you tell me where the fuel pressure regulator is
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Tuesday, July 29th, 2008 AT 2:07 PM
Tiny
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The CEL is very critical-take it to autozone they will read it free for you and comeback with the OBD1 code/s this is our starting point in order to troubleshoot this problem-

The pressure regulator-see below


http://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/12900_fp_5.jpg

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Tuesday, July 29th, 2008 AT 4:30 PM
Tiny
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Ok, I found that the fuel rail is extremely loose and the car is not drivable since it will not start, so I can't go to Autozone
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Wednesday, July 30th, 2008 AT 9:33 AM
Tiny
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Do you have this under the dash-if so jumper A to B and read off the flashes


http://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/12900_GM_ALCL_7.jpg

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Wednesday, July 30th, 2008 AT 12:07 PM
Tiny
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Flashed once then a short pause then it blinked twice.
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Wednesday, July 30th, 2008 AT 5:56 PM
Tiny
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There's no stored code/s in the computer otherwise it will give after DTC 12
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Wednesday, July 30th, 2008 AT 6:34 PM
Tiny
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DTC 12?
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Wednesday, July 30th, 2008 AT 7:27 PM
Tiny
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1992 Oldsmobile

13 Open Oxygen Sensor Circuit
14 Coolant Temperature Sensor (High Temp Indicated)
15 Coolant Temperature Sensor (Low Temp Indicated)
16 System Voltage High
21 Throttle Position Sensor (Signal Voltage High)
22 Throttle Position Sensor (Signal Voltage Low)
23 Intake Air Temperature (IAT) Sensor (Low Temp Indicated)
24 Vehicle Speed Sensor (VSS) Circuit
26 Quad-Driver (QDM) Circuit
27
28 Gear Switch Circuits
28
29 Gear Switch Circuits
31 Park/Neutral Switch Circuit
34 Mass Air Flow Sensor (MAF) Circuit (GM/SEC Low)
38 Brake Input Circuit
39 Torque Converter Clutch (TCC) Circuit
42 Electronic Spark Timing (EST) Circuit
43 Electronic Spark Control (ESC) Circuit
44 Oxygen Sensor Circuit (Lean Exhaust Indicated)
45 Oxygen Sensor Circuit (Rich Exhaust Indicated)
46 Power Steering Pressure Switch (PSPS) Circuit
48 Misfire Diagnosis
51 Mem-Cal Error
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Wednesday, July 30th, 2008 AT 8:55 PM
Tiny
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So do you suggest I load it up and take it to the shop?
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Monday, August 4th, 2008 AT 8:11 PM
Tiny
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Try to fix it yourself, its expensive at the independent/dealership
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Tuesday, August 5th, 2008 AT 3:22 PM
Tiny
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So does the loose fuel rail have anything to with this problem.
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Wednesday, August 6th, 2008 AT 6:49 PM
Tiny
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Is it leaking fuel on the injector side -if not -its not it.
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Wednesday, August 6th, 2008 AT 9:36 PM
Tiny
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We checked the fuel pump and its pumping fuel through the filter but we couldn't get to the attachment on the fuel rail to see if fuel was getting there. Any advice?
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Saturday, August 9th, 2008 AT 6:03 PM
Tiny
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The fuel pump could be pumping fuel but is it the correct fuel pressure-you need to check it

Crank the engine over and listen to the injectors -are they clicking?
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Saturday, August 9th, 2008 AT 6:13 PM
Tiny
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Yes the injectors click.
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Wednesday, August 13th, 2008 AT 5:21 PM
Tiny
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Have you check the fuel pressure with a fuel pressure gauge?
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Wednesday, August 13th, 2008 AT 6:06 PM
Tiny
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Ok, we got the problem fixed, it was a broken crankshaft sensor. We replaced it and it started right up.
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Sunday, August 24th, 2008 AT 9:36 PM

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