1997 Saturn SL2 CRANKS WONT START

Tiny
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1997 Saturn SL2 4 cyl Front Wheel Drive 195000 miles

I have a problem with the starting of my car. I tried to crank it and it would not start. This eventually killed my battery, the constant turning the engine over without starting. I thought it was the fuel pump. I put a fuel pressure gauge on and it read 0psi Since the problem started I have replaced the fuel filter the fuel pump and the battery. What else could this problem be. I am starting to think that it could either be the fuel injectors or not getting any fire to the fuel from the plugs?

Thank you in advance.
C.W. Savannah Ga.
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Monday, February 22nd, 2010 AT 7:28 AM

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Monday, February 22nd, 2010 AT 12:21 PM
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I have put the computer on and there are no codes. And it has been jump started. I will try the spark plug check.
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Monday, February 22nd, 2010 AT 12:24 PM
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When I tried the coil test there was no jumping of sparks from one tower to the next. As a matter of fact one of the towers were corroded, had a build up of white powder.
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Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010 AT 6:13 AM
Tiny
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U will have to clean those towers the best way to do that is with a scotch brite pad a red color one. That's not why it's not starting though. Did u jump start the car before this starting concern happened?Do u have any codes?Do u have a multimeter?Since u have replaced the fuel pump do u still have no fuel pressure?
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Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010 AT 12:29 PM
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It was jump started before this happened. No codes on the computer I do have a multi meter. I do have fuel pressure now. As soon as I leave work I am on my way to the parts store to purchase a coil pack, do I still need to do that. It was only one tower that had the corrosion on it.
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Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010 AT 12:41 PM
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Don't buy the coil pack u can usually clean them up as long as when ur done cleaning it the wire still stays on tight and isn't loose.I would test the crankshaft postion sensor it right below the starter it's in the block straight down with a 10mm bolt holding it.U might want to pick one up at the auto parts store in case it's bad u can always return it. Take it off the car and use ur multimeter on low ohm scale it should be around 800 ohm when they go bad they usually read as a open meaning no ohm value. Let me know what u find.
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Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010 AT 1:03 PM
Tiny
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That was right on the money! It was a pain in the neck getting to it, but once I dropped the starter there was no problem. I tried to get to it without taking the starter out, with no success. I tested the old one and it read nothing. The new one read about 760 so once that came up I knew you found the answer. A $20 dollar part instead of a $80 dollar part. That is awesome. Thank you again. I will be donating to the site and returning for any future concerns.
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Wednesday, February 24th, 2010 AT 6:13 AM

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