1995 Pontiac Grand Prix :( Car wont start. AFTER work done.

Tiny
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  • 1995 PONTIAC GRAND PRIX
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  • 206,051 MILES
Okay. We are SO frusterated. My 1995 Pontiac Grand Prix SE (3.1 l, v6) hasn't been running since about October. And the weather here in Kentucky hasn't been the greatest to go and be out in it to fix. Soooo now that it's getting nice outside, my fiance went out and fiddled with it. He first thought it jumped time. So he took all that off and "fixed" it. He put new spark plugs and wires in and it still wont fire. We are halfway thinking it's the fuel pump. So I guess that's next. It keeps acting like it wants to turn over but wont.

Any help/ideas would be appreciated. Due to I am 9 months pregnant and will soon need this car to drive around and take my daughter to the doctors and all of that. Any questions feel free to ask. ;)

Thank you! Terri
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Thursday, March 27th, 2008 AT 6:46 PM

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Tiny
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Assuming the the spark is present ( was it checked) and assuming the timing is now right. Either check the fuel pressure or you can simulate fuel presence by spraying carb cleaner into the throttle bore and then cranking it.

Congrats on the Baby, hope it is healthy and you raise her to be a fine one.
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Thursday, March 27th, 2008 AT 7:30 PM
Tiny
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Thank you for the quick reply!

As far as I know it's getting a spark. I'll have to have my fiance try the carb thing to see if that works. So we can see if it's the fuel presence, or lack of it. :)

We had had a 1998 Blazer that after replacing the fuel pump and filter, about 3 days after that it wouldn't start. It would crank like it would want to turn over but wouldn't. We couldn't figure out what was wrong. Then we were told by the car lot people that the tank had been sugared. We're halfway thinking that's what happened to the Pontiac. It was right next to the Blazer. :( And it was all around the same time the Blazer quit that the Pontiac quit too.

Thank you for your kind words. I can only hope to raise my daughter well. I'm honestly scared to death, but hey, what first time parent isn't? :) :D
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Saturday, March 29th, 2008 AT 12:21 PM
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I would have been more suspicious of a fault new pump on the blazer. Can't tell you how many times the aftermarket ones fail farily early.
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Saturday, March 29th, 2008 AT 12:33 PM
Tiny
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I wouldn't doubt it. The car lot we got it from wasn't offering to help us so I let them take it back.I wasn't going to pay on a car that I couldn't drive. They probably just told me what I wanted to hear to make me go away. Lol

But my Pontiac I own. So now we're debating on totally fixing it up or trying to find one of those "push, pull, or drag" sales goin on. Especially since it seems like we're at a stand-still on it. :(
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Saturday, March 29th, 2008 AT 12:54 PM
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Be very leary of those sales. Ajunk yard might give you $100 for the old one.

The 95 is probably going to be a bit of a money pit once you get it going especially at that mileage. Setting for 6 months will probably not help the situation either.

There are some good cars out there to buy from private individuals, just take it to a shop and have them take a look first before you buy.
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Saturday, March 29th, 2008 AT 1:08 PM
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Yeah, that's what i'm afraid of. We'll put so much money into it, that I could just get a new car, one that runs and is trusted for what i'm going to shell out for the GP.

It's so annoying because not only do I have my mom telling me she wants to see if it can be fixed one day then the next she tells me that I could go trade it in on something better or whatnot.

It's frusterating! All I know is I need a car. And slightly fast too. Lol
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Saturday, March 29th, 2008 AT 1:22 PM
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Well for what it matters.
My mother-in-law will be selling her chevy malibu with 25,000 miles on it very soon. She has been using synthetic oil for changes. You know who got that privlege. Lol.
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Saturday, March 29th, 2008 AT 5:00 PM
Tiny
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Hehe at least she can prove it was well taken care of. ;)

Right now at this point I have no idea what we are gonna do. Fiance says the clutch is going out in his car. And his car is more important right now. He's also been trying to figure out what's wrong with his gas. He keeps saying it's sucking gas after he got a fuel injection cleaning. So I don't know.

Thank you for all your help though. :)
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Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008 AT 3:26 PM

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