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Old 04-25-2013, 11:29 PM   #1
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'03 SVT - Battery dead for months, started 1x on jump, now cranks but doesn't start

So my car has been sitting for several months (license plate out of date). I got it updated today and figured I'd have to jump-start the car. I was not wrong.

Jump-stated it and it fired right up. Yeah! Let it run for a bit and then shut it off to see if it'd start again. It didn't start.

Put the jumper cables back on and tried to start again. It cranks fine, but wouldn't start. Old habits die hard and I pumped the gas a bit and feathered it a few times. It didn't start. I assumed the battery was just "that dead" so I went back to Walmart and got a replacement battery. Why mess with it, right?

Still nothing.

It cranks over fine, but refuses to fire. What am I missing here?

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Old 04-26-2013, 06:34 AM   #2
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Morning after update: Jason suggested it might be bad gas in the car, so I added another three (3) gallons of fresh gas. Nothing. I'm wondering if there is a fuse somewhere I should check? I pulled the panel inside the car and didn't see any fuel-related fuses inside the car, I'm guessing its somewhere else. Any ideas?
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Cables look fine. Battery installed correctly. I'm going out to check the fuse now. So I just talked to my Uncle Rusty, he agrees with Jason that there was probably moisture in the gas. He suggested getting a couple of bottles of HEAT to take the moisture out and then spray some starting fluid in the intake manifold where the air filter is to "pull" some fresh gas up.
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Update as of 5 minutes ago: Well I just tried spraying starting fluid in the intake...nothing. Frustrated!! Put a bottle of ISO-heat in the tank to suck up any moisture as well. Checked the 15A fuse for the fuel pump and it seemed okay, no breaks. It did look brownish on one corner though.
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Did you plug in the scanner to check for codes? Be careful with starting fluid, you can cause damage to your engine because it's much more combustible than regular gas. Many times you can accomplish the same thing just by using throttle body cleaner. Did it almost start when you put starting fluid in the intake or did it just crank and crank and crank? If it almost started but then died out you're not getting fuel to the motor. If it just cranked and cranked you've got no spark.
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It cranked and cranked and notta. I'm wondering how I have no spark? I'm going to try and pull a code off it. Its weird since it sat for a while but started up immediately when I jumped it last night.

It ran for 15 minutes no problem but then when I shut it off and tried again, nothing. Odometer is showing miles and not ----- dots (researched the forums last night) and all electronics seem okay. Probably time to code it.
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You know how to check for spark, right? Tell your friend "hold this wire while I try and start it" and hope he's dumb enough to trust you four times : )
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Now that I'm thinking about it it could be a bad engine ground...not sure where it is on these cars but try and find pictures and check. Could also be the sensor that makes sure the clutch is depressed before starting.
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You know how to check for spark, right? Tell your friend "hold this wire while I try and start it" and hope he's dumb enough to trust you four times : )
If you're "lucky" enough to have a friend like that, then by all means use this method. Personally, I would just pick up an Inline Spark Tester.

You're either not getting spark, not getting fuel, or no compression. Check for spark using either the dumb friend method or an inline spark tester. Check for fuel by cranking the engine over a couple times, then pull the plugs out and see if they look wet or smell like fuel. If you're getting fuel and getting spark, do a compression test.
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