Get the battery charged & load tested before doing any else. Many auto parts stores will do this for free. Before reinstalling the battery remove the bolts & rubber boots from the battery cables. Clean the corrosion off the cable ends with sandpaper or wire brush. Apply dielectric grease to help keep the corrosion from coming back and reassemble. We canít overemphasize how important it is to have a good strong source of power on these cars. Donít think the battery & connections are good just because the starter cranks the engine over.
Check all the fuses. Theyíre in three different locations, under the hood on the firewall & under the dash on both the driver & passenger sides.
Check for spark at each of the three front cylinders. If you have spark at 1 or 2 cylinders the coil(*) or Ignition Control Module (ICM) are bad. If none of the cylinders are sparking then check for 12 volts between the pink wire that goes to the ICM & ground. If you have 12 volts then the ICM or Crank sensor are most likely bad. Iíd say we see 3 or 4 times more bad crank sensors than ICMs.
Turn the key to run 3 times for 3 seconds each time & then check for fuel at the Schrader valve on the fuel pressure regulator (on the fuel rail some years). The Schrader valve is covered with a cap. The valve itself is like the valve on a tire stem. Place some rags under the valve & press in on the center while positioning your hands so gasoline canít spray you in the face. If no fuel comes out or just dribbles out then clean the ground buses & recheck. http://www.bonnevilleclub.com/forum/...=article&k=102
. I almost forgot Ė does the car have gas in the tank? Also pull the vacuum line off the fuel pressure regulator & check for gas in the line. If any is found replace the FPR.
Last test is for fuel injector pulse. For this test youíll need a #194 light bulb. Disconnect the wiring harness from one of the injectors, pull the wires away from the base of the light bulb & push the wires into the injector harness. The bulb should pulse while the engine is being cranked. If the bulb isnít pulsing then check for 12 volts between the pink wire & ground while the key is on. If you have 12 volts then unplug the throttle position sensor & recheck.
If the spark, fuel & injector pulse tests are all good then try unplugging the MAF sensor.
If the car still isnít starting then check the fuel pressure with a mechanical gauge like the Actron CP7818. http://www.actron.com/product_detail.php?pid=16174
Check it while cranking & then see if the pressure holds for 5 -10 minutes with the key off.
Let us know what you find & be careful while doing the tests that involve cranking the engine over.