I'm a little late to the party...but there'* a few things I'd like to mention so others don't find this thread and have issues.
Originally Posted by Danthurs
I will assume you check and have no spark. Here'* a list of what will cause no spark. Dead crank sensor, dead cam sensor, magnet fell off cam sensor, ICM dead, grounded ignition wiring harness. Possible VATs system. I will have to check if a 2000 will crank and not fire.
First thing to do is verify if there is spark or not. OP still hasn't done that. Sorry OP.. you should go do that right now. Then we know if that'* the issue. I'm not sure if you have an NA or SC motor and would like to know that as well. There is no magnet on the cam sensor, the cam sensor, senses the magnet in the timing gear. Which on an S2 motor, never seems to come apart like the common issue on the S1'*. VATs does not exist on the 2000 model year cars...not sure why you say that because he says the car is a 1996.
Originally Posted by mike9fore
Have someone go under your car (or yourself) take a hammer to where the gas tank is and hit the tank while someone tries to crank the car. If it fires while you were hitting the tank then you need a new fuel pump!!!
Hope this helps!
All I can see banging on a gas tank helping out is breaking the baffles in the tank and causing a person to need a new one because when they are low on fuel...it'll slosh and the car will stall. A pump can be tested at the schrader valve on the fuel rail, listening for it running etc. Lot'* of easier and less destructive tests can be performanced with less work.
Now then OP... you have a drag car, surely you have a plug wrench handy. Please pull a plug. Any issues or wetness? You say that you smell fuel. that means there is way too much. It'* possible the plugs are wet and won't fire. Priming the system a ton of times trying to start the motor before you changed the starter, could do this. Each time you turn the key..the fuel injectors pump fuel into the cylinders.
We should never assume you have no spark. You should check and be positive. If we think about how the various systems operate, where wiring is located etc, no spark should not have happened from a starter replacement. We should also never assume fuel at the rail, mean that we have fuel getting into the engine. A fuel injector fuse will keep the injectors from firing.
I've broken many things to learn what I currently know.