Originally Posted by SSEBONNE4EVA
Crank sensors go bad when they get hot. Next time its hot and won't start pour cold water on it. If it starts you sensor is bad.
Wouldn't change it yourself unless you have the feeler gages and breaker bars to get the balancer off.
It wont start at all now, cold or hot.
jr's3800: I just tried one of the plugs. I put a new coil pack on and that didnt fix the problem, so I took it back and put my old one back on.
Not sure if this caused anything, but my alternator went out and I charged my battery every night for about two weeks to get me to work and back, which is just around the corner. The starting problem seemed to happen during this time. I replaced the alternator with a new one and it ran for about two days before it decided to not start up at all. Im thinking this was a coincedence that it happened at the same time.
Isnt there a way for the onbard diagnostics to tell me what the problem is? Like using a jumper wire on the prt and watch how many times the service engine light blinks? The service engine light never came on while it was running but of course it comes on when the key is turned on and wont start.
If its the crankshaft sensor, i will take it to a mechanic to have it done now that you advised aganst me doing it. i thought it might be something i didnt want to venture into. I just hate to take it to the shop and have them charge me 65 dollars for a diagnostic to have them tell me it is a fuel pump, or regulator or something i can change myself.
thanks for the replies and any further help you can provide.