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97 Civic won't start

Discussion in 'General Tech and Maintenance' started by swpowe, Dec 14, 2009.

  1. swpowe

    swpowe New Member

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    Dec 14, 2009
    I'm really hoping I can get some help on this. I've searched around and read other threads but I still can't get this figured out.

    My civic just cranks but never starts. It was running fine and then one morning it just wouldn't start. I've replaced the distributor, cap/rotor, fuel filter. I've checked all fuses I can think of. Battery is fine.

    I left it alone for like 2 weeks, didn't touch anything and then it started and then shut off right away.

    I can smell fuel but i'm not sure how to check the fuel injectors to see if they're clean or clogged or whatever. I checked each of the plugs and they're getting spark.

    I'd really appreciate any help. :eek:
  2. Matts96HB

    Matts96HB . Moderator VIP

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    Apr 16, 2006
    If you have spark, and the timing hasn't been screwed with then it has to be a fuel issue. Pull the fuel line off of the fuel rail and turn the key to the on position with the end of the line in a bottle or something and see if you're getting fuel. If you are, then there's a problem between there and the combustion chamber (injectors). If not, then theres a problem further back (fuel filter, pump, etc)
  3. ZCpowerdSI

    ZCpowerdSI New Member

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    Oct 13, 2009
    ON, Canada
    Get some injector cleaner and clean those injectors. then see what happens. if it still doesnt work after that then you knocked the injectors off the list and go from there.
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