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I was driving my '94 Mercury Tracer 1.9 when it suddenly died, like it ran out of gas or something, and it just will not start up. Any ideas on what could be the problem? We have changed the water pum
Sudden no starts are usually gas or spark (ignition) related. If you spray some starting fluid into the intake and it fires up briefly, then you know it is a fuel problem- a bad fuel pump, or less often a fault in the fuel injection circuit.
If the engine doesn't respond to the starting fluid, check for spark on a spark plug wire with the engine cranking. Purchase a cheap spark tester at a parts store. It's easy to check for spark this way, and no chance of getting a shock. Another way is to pull off a wire from a plug, take out the spark plug and reattach to the plug wire. Lay the spark plug on a metal piece of engine, where the plug threads are touching metal. That grounds the plug. Now have your helper be cranking the engine over while you watch for a strong blue spark at the spark plug tip. If you have a blue spark consistently, you can assume the ignition is working properly.
Post back with what you find or for more help.
on Apr 27, 2014
Car will turn over but not start, getting fuel to the valve next to the injectors
Takes 3 things to get a car to start. Fuel, Compression, Ignition. Sometimes just because you were low on fuel you believed you were out. The problem may have been elsewhere. Check spark to insure you have the ignition part down too. If you have fuel to the rail then the problem lies with another component. Timing, sensors, rotor if equipped, plug wires, or there is compression which is least likely. Good luck and check for engine codes. :)
on Apr 16, 2014
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