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My 1988 Mazda 323 won't start it will make noise like it want to starts but won't starts?

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βˆ™ 2006-08-17 21:38:49

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If the starter motor is turning over, we must also assume that the engine is also turning over. Have someone else watch the crankshaft pulley to see if it turns while cranking the engine over to confirm that the starter is engaging with the ring gear. There are three possibilities: no spark to the spark plugs; no fuel pressure to the injectors; broken camshaft timing belt. Each of these things you will need to troubleshoot to determine how to fix. No spark: remove the high tension ignition lead from the distributor cap and have a second person hold it near a metal ground (such as the air cleaner box). If a spark jumps from the lead to ground, ignition is okay. If not, you will need to replace some or all of your ignition parts (distributor cap, rotor, spark plugs, ignition leads, etc). When you have the distributor cap off, check for moisture, this will sometimes swamp out the spark. To test fuel pressure you will need a test gauge, 0-100 PSI (700 kPa), some gas line hose and hose clamps. Remove the fuel line from the top of the filter (located on the firewall) and attach the test gauge with hose and clamps. Turn the ignition switch on but do not crank the engine; you should see 40 PSI (280 kPa). If no, you either have a plugged fuel filter or failed fuel pump. The fuel filter is easy to replace, the pump is not. To test the camshaft timing belt, you will need to remove the plastic belt cover at the

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