Hello - CKSmithJr
We need to figure out if it is electrical or fuel related. Pull a plug wire off of the spark plug and insert something into the end of it and have someone try to start the car and have the metal object really close to a piece of metal on the engine and see if you are getting a good strong popping blue spark. Don't have your hands on any part of the metal! If there is no spark, then it is electrical. If you are getting good spark then you need to get a fuel pressure check on the fuel pump to ensure it is putting out okay.
Next, if it is drivable, please go to Auto Zone or O'Reilly's and for FREE they can pull the codes to the car. Most important: Once they check your codes, if they find something and you don't get it fixed and need to get back with us, please make sure you tell us exactly what the code was, number and all. Example, if the code was E0568 O2 Sensor bad. Then make sure you give us all of that. While there for FREE also they can bring their tester out and check your battery, alternator and starter.
This way we can check for any codes, a good strong alternator, battery and no problems with the starter.
Next, fuel pressure - need to check that so we know for sure. Key on, engine off it should be 48-54 psi.
Next, the lights -the above check will ensure our battery is working. When you turn your headlights on and off, do the headlights raise and lower smoothly or do they make the same terrible noise? I know you said they do when on and you turn them off, but what about you just turn the switch on. Do they open smooth, nice? Then close what?
Lots of questions you have but let's eat this elephant one bite at a time.
Do the above checks and let's make sure we have a good strong electrical system, how our fuel pressure is, our spark and get back with the results.
Last, the noise from the headlights, is it only one side or both, if only one which?
Fuel System Pressure Key On Engine Off 48-54 psi
Thursday, November 13th, 2008 AT 9:32 PM