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Old 06-27-2006, 01:02 AM   #21
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did the dealership give you any kind of warranty at all? Any reputable dealership shouldve at least given you something, I think I had like a 3-month/3,000 mile warranty on mine
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Hang in Michelle...The codes are a great place to start. I'm pm'ing to our resident ECU/ECM expert.
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NO warranty. This is a small buy here/pay here type place. I am a single mom with 3 kids and if this damn thing doesn't get fixed soon I am going to end up losing my job. That was the whole reason for going there - the motor blew on my Ford and I needed a car fast. The worst part is that until this stupid Bonneville decided not to start it ran and drove great LOL.

Anyhow, I am here being as patient as I can. I am going to go ahead and buy a crank sensor and see what that does... At least it is cheaper than the $200 that I found the ICM thing for.

Thanks so much guys for all of your help! If you think of anything else, let me know.
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That spark reference circuit sounds a lot like a bad crank sensor...

But check at the coils for spark.... Have the neighbor hold the wire close to the coil terminal while you turn it over... There should be spark... And the reason I say let him hold the wire is so that you don't get bit... Just a little 60,000 volt jolt... It'll make you jump a little... he he he

Seems almost as if the crank Sensor or the ICM could be bad...

In order to save money, would it be possible to get an ICM ( Ignition Control Module ) from the junk yard?

Also I'm going to guess, and say you have the Magnavox system... This system will have the plug wires on the left and right side of the coil pack...

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Nope it is the Delco one with the things that the plug wires attach to going down one side. I priced it at the Advanced Auto Parts website and it is $190 - O'Reilly and AutoZone both have it as a special order but the price is pretty close to the same at all 3 - so I hope that if that is it I can find one at a junk yard. Like I said though I live in the middle of nowhere - I think our closest junk yard is in Springfield which would be about an hour drive so I am thinking my best bet is to have my Dad pick one up for me and FedX it to me. He works for a wrecker service - too bad he is 6 hours away LOL.

Anyhow - my neighbor is going in to town to get groceries and is going to pick up a crank sensor for me. At least if that isn't it I am only out $30. When he gets back I am going to have him put it on and then if that doesn't work I will make him check the plug wires again - all of them this time.
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OK we bought the sensor - but when they tried to take it out it broke. Does the crank pulley have to be taken off?
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Yes - the pulley (aka harmonic balancer) has to come off. I think you'll need a puller.
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OK that would explain alot LOL thank you.
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Michelle, y'all get the harmonic balancer off?
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Yes, and we got the crank sensor installed after 2 trips to the parts store LOL (I have a class 'L' motor??) and 2 mashed fingers and a LOT of cussing on my part.

That didn't fix it so we bought an ignition thing - sorry can't remember what it is called but it is the other thing that everyone seemed to think that the error code was pointing to - the thing under the coils. Just waiting for it to get here (shipped).

I will let you know if that fixes it. If it doesn't, well the car is going to get pushed over a cliff LOL.
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