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Old 01-14-2013, 07:41 PM   #1
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Crank No Start - Fuel Pump? Check my logic!

Hello all.

I have just been in the US for 2 weeks. My car has sat stagnant on my driveway the entire trip. I know for a fact that I need to repair two bad seals that leak oil as well as replace the DISA and CCV. I am also pretty sure the idle control valve is filthy. The car needs a new thermostat so I will probably just do the expansion tank and thermostat as well.

All of this was a problem before I left but I did not have time to deal with it before my trip. On my return I checked to see if the car started just because I wasn't sure how well my battery would hold up. I had planned to take it to the shop at the end of the month. One other thing is that the average temp for this time of year here is about 10-15 Fahrenheit.

The first time It started up and idled for about 15 seconds then I shut it off and went inside. Normally because of the CCV and DISA (at least) it sounds like crap until it gets warm. So it did sound like crap but I didn't pay any special attention to any new noises It may have made. Today I went out to start it up again and the first time it started, had a bit of trouble idling. Then it died about 5 seconds later and would not start again. It cranks and cranks and cranks but no start. Here is what I know so far.

It has gas, I put in 15 liters the day I left.
It did not show CEL or SES lights before I left, nor when I started the first time.
The battery initially read very low but has since been charged.
The fuel pump was replaced by prev owner bout 1 year ago, I dont know if its OEM.
I do not know the age of the spark plugs.

I can afford to get the car fixed up, but I cant afford to mindlessly throw parts at it and see what sticks. I want to get the rest of the car fixed anyway, but Id like to avoid a tow.

I think fuel pump because it started up at first but died soon after?
Any other suggestions?
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Old 01-14-2013, 07:45 PM   #2
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How old is the gas?
Did you check for fuel pressure?
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Old 01-14-2013, 07:47 PM   #3
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Gas is two weeks old. I haven't really checked anything my initial thought was the battery. I took it out and it read really low, I charged it up untill it wouldn't charge any longer, even then it wasn't reading that great but it should have been good enough to start the car.

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