Will not start

Tiny
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  • 1994 SUZUKI SIDEKICK
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Drove it the night before no problems, went out the next day got in, it turned over sounding like normal like it was going to start but just did not. And so I do not know what is wrong with it. Will not start so I cannot take it in to find out, and have every want to be mechanic on the block telling me what they think it is. I do not have a lot of money so want to know what it is so I get the right part. Thank you
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Thursday, August 17th, 2017 AT 6:00 PM

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Cars need four things to start and run. (1) Gas (2) Air (3) and Sparks (4) one to three have to be at the right time and in the right amount/strength. Let's start with simple and cheap things. Your fuel pump and ignition coil (creates sparks) are both protected by fuses. So, basically, check your fuses to start with. Take a look at the articles below:

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-a-car-fuse-works
https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-to-check-a-car-fuse

I am attaching some pictures to show you where the fuse boxes are. The second one ("sidekick 2") is looking at the front of the car, but the fuse box is inside the car, under the dash panel. I wish I had a better image for you, but that is what Suzuki published. It is basically somewhere near the driver's left knee.

Check that and let us know what you find. We will go from there.
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Thursday, August 17th, 2017 AT 7:49 PM
Tiny
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I am going to check that out first thing in the morning as it is pretty dark out right now, and I would have a hard time seeing anything, but thank you for your quick response. I will let you know tomorrow if it was the fuses, that would be great if it is. I have one blown fuse.
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Thursday, August 17th, 2017 AT 8:39 PM
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Change it. Cannot hurt. Do you know Which fuse it is?
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Friday, August 18th, 2017 AT 12:53 PM
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Well there are four there all different colors, and it is the first one, yellow.
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Friday, August 18th, 2017 AT 1:07 PM
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Which fuse panel is this? The one inside by your left knee or under the hood? Either way I would change it. Should not cost more than a couple of bucks from AutoZone or whatever you have near you. Just pull the one you have and take it there to match it up with a replacement.
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Friday, August 18th, 2017 AT 2:12 PM
Tiny
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The one under the hood by the battery like the articles you had me read, was those not the right ones? Do you want me to check the fuses inside the car? So lets go to the ignition coil. Lol
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Friday, August 18th, 2017 AT 2:46 PM
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Oh sorry I thought you checked all of the fuses. Definitely check them all. Even the ones inside the car. Replace any blown ones too
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Sunday, August 20th, 2017 AT 10:18 AM
Tiny
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Well we are but just in case while i'm at the parts store today i'm gonna price them and just need to know a little about it, cause I know my luck and it's probably not going to be the fuses, i'm hoping though, I didn't know an inside the car fuse could make it that the car wouldn't start, huh, glad i'm getting all this infor from you, thank you so much
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Sunday, August 20th, 2017 AT 11:00 AM
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Yeah I don't have the information in front of me but there's probably a fuse for the ECM (computer) in there. It controls fuel injectors and sometimes the sparks
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Sunday, August 20th, 2017 AT 11:27 AM
Tiny
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Checked all fuses in the jeep and under the hood, they are all good to go
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Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017 AT 9:08 AM
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Ok so since you checked all the fuses and replaced the blown one and it's still not starting, it's time to check for sparks and fuel. You can either (1) get a spark tester (cost about $15) and check that each cylinder is getting fire or (2) spray some starting fluid ($3 at the local auto parts shop) into the air intake and crank it. If it fires, then you have sparks and no fuel.

Spark tester that I use: https://www.amazon.com/Lisle-20610-Inline-Spark-Tester/dp/B0002STSC6/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1501325755&sr=8-3&keywords=spark+tester

If there are no sparks on any cylinder, then the most likely cause would be the coil. Confirm by hooking your spark tester up between the coil and the distributor and turn the key to see if there's any fire there. Does that make sense to you?

If the problem is fuel related, then we could be looking at a bad fuel pump or totally clogged filter (I doubt it's the filter but possible). There are tests for that as well. See this guide: https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-to-check-fuel-system-pressure-and-regulator A pressure gauge can be borrowed from Auto Zone with a deposit. Your pump should put out between 36 and 42 psi with the engine off and key on.

So, let us know.
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Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017 AT 10:54 AM
Tiny
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I'll let you know, thank you
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Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017 AT 2:31 PM
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Well i'm having trouble getting people to get me to the part store and help me out with all of this, but i'm trying guys believe me i'm trying I need to get this thing running.
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Saturday, August 26th, 2017 AT 4:07 PM
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Been there before. The good news is since this a forum on the web, we're in no particular rush here, so I can wait.
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Saturday, August 26th, 2017 AT 7:14 PM
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Thank you
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Saturday, August 26th, 2017 AT 7:42 PM
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You are welcome, please use 2CarPros anytime we are here to help.

Cheers, Ken
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Monday, August 28th, 2017 AT 5:07 PM
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Well i'm back guys, lol we are now down to the fuel pump, and some friends want me to check the fuel line, I don't know where that is, or my pump as my book shows way to many places it could be, do you know? Hello guys are you there lol
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Thursday, August 31st, 2017 AT 5:01 PM
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Yep sorry, the fuel pump is in the tank, Here is a guide and some diagrams (below) to help you get the job done.

You will need to jack the car up safely first.

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/jack-up-and-lift-your-car-safely

Here is what you are in for when doing the fuel pump

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-to-replace-an-electric-fuel-pump

Please let us know what happens.

Cheers, Ken
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Friday, September 1st, 2017 AT 11:23 AM
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I'm not sure what book you're looking in, but your car has the fuel pump in the tank, just like 99% of cars out there. Personally, before dropping the tank, I'd have someone turn the key on and while I listen to the pump so I can tell if it's at least trying to run. If it comes on then you should check the fuel pressure, as I outlined earlier. If you've already checked the pressure and it's low, then drop the tank and replace the pump.

Being that you drove the car home and it was fine then, I highly doubt that you have a fuel line problem. But it's never a bad idea to take a brief look for obvious problems (namely a kink in the line). It's also a good idea to put a new fuel filter on, since you're going to be under the car anyway.

Using the diagrams and such that Ken laid out above, you should have all of the info that you need. Of course feel free to come back on here if you need anything else. Let us know how it goes.
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Friday, September 1st, 2017 AT 2:43 PM
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Well I'd rather not have to put out a lot of money ya know, so I don't have those pressure readers and stuff, is there someway to check if the fuel pump is bad without having to take it out, cause wow that is a lot for little old me, and I have no jack which I can borrow but i'm doing all of this myself, i'm not 18 yrs old, i'm a 52 yr old woman with disabilities and wow taking that out is a lot, it cranks over and sounds like it is going to start right up, it just doesn't start, I don't have the money to buy a lot of different parts so am trying everything I can to pin point the problem before I go spend my monthly money ya know, getting a bit stressed out, I know I can do it though. Just getting frustrated at what is wrong with the stupid thing. Lol
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Friday, September 1st, 2017 AT 11:38 PM

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