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Another Can't start the engine thread..please help

Discussion in 'General Tech and Maintenance' started by preludude, Oct 23, 2004.

  1. preludude

    preludude Member

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    Okay, this is not your average I don't have an idea what I'm doing and I can't start my car thread. I've done all the checks and everything is there. I have fuel, spark and compression but it still is only cranking and now I'm stuck as to what to do next. Any ideas?

    The car is a 93 Prelude with a f22a engine.

    There is definitely spark, I replaced the coil and module.
    There is fuel - its actually floods the spark plugs and you can smell the gas from the tips
    There is compression - one is slightly weak though, should still be okay right?

    I don't understand what else is left?? Timing belt is okay too, it's not broken.
    I even replaced the stupid main relay that everyone has a problem with.

    Is there a fuel relay or something that might be causing it?
     
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    sleepn_accord Senior Member

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    actual compression figures would be helpful. How weak is 'weak'? 80psi?

    I would make sure that you're getting spark and it's correct.

    I had a similar problem, replaced a bunch of shit and found out that the new Checker's distributor rotor was 'dragging' on the housing....

    Also check to see that your camshaft timing is on. Maybe your t-belt jumped a few teeth..
     
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    Were you still able to get a spark though with the rotor dragging? I have a spark, but I only replaced the module, not the entire distributor
     
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    Oh yea, the PSI i had were 90-100, and one that was weak was around 65 PSI. It should still start right?
     
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    have you actually visusually inspected that there is spark. Take out a sparkplug, put the SP back in the SP wire, and ground the SP on a medal peice. Have a freind crank the engine over, and see if their is spark.
     
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    Yea there was a spark. My dad held the spark plug and I cranked the car.

    He did notice the timing belt was a little loose so it might have jumped. Would that have any affect?
     
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    A skipped tooth timing belt will give you a low compression reading, and will throw off the ignition timing and cam timing (since the distributor runs off the cams timing) That very well could be your problem
     
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    THanks sol and sleepnaccord for your help in a forum that rarely gives help. I appreciate it.

    I found out the problem and you guys were right, it was the timing belt teeth. It must've been loose and jumped. after I adjusted the timing and tightened the timing belt, it runs like nothing ever happened. In fact, it actually fires up better than before.

    Thanks again
     
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