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Old 04-08-2008, 04:48 PM   #31
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I Will have to go and buy a Special gauge to check the fuel pressure right.
couldn't just use an air gauge ?

I Don't Know If this is caused by the same thing or by something completely
different but every once in a while when i unlock / open my door the alarm goes
off. but somtimes when i unlock / open my door it doesn't. This
car is acting VERY Strange i love it to death and i don't want to
get rid of it but i'm at a loss with all these problems and very little
funding to fix them all..
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I Will have to go and buy a Special gauge to check the fuel pressure right.
couldn't just use an air gauge ?

I Don't Know If this is caused by the same thing or by something completely
different but every once in a while when i unlock / open my door the alarm goes
off. but somtimes when i unlock / open my door it doesn't. This
car is acting VERY Strange i love it to death and i don't want to
get rid of it but i'm at a loss with all these problems and very little
funding to fix them all..
Yes, I got an Actron at Autozone. I think it goes up to about 100#, has fitting on the end to fit the hookup spot, a relief tube. Sorry, cannot remember how much it cost. Don't know what they are on ebay buy-now.

On the alarm going off. You sure it isn't shutting something down to keep it from starting (per Sandrock'* question earlier?) Just a renewed thought.
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Old 04-08-2008, 05:07 PM   #33
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You need the fuel pressure gauge, an air pressure gauge won't work.
1st turn the key to run a few times for a few seconds each time. Now check the FPR vacuum line for gas.

Then check for spark at each of the three front cylinders. Let us know if you need instructions to check spark.

Do those 2 tests before buying a fuel pressure gauge.
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No Because it has started at the same time the alarm was going off

To Check For Spark should i just take the spark plugs out and keep them connected to the coil while trying to start and check for spark
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October 2002....5 and 1/2 years life is pretty good.

My opinion? New battery time. Fuel pressure won't keep you from cranking, and you normally don't "ding" the exact moment you hit the key to try to start it. Low voltage/amperage does funny things to electrical subsystems, such as VATS, that require more current than the battery is putting out.
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If you have a spare plug you can use that instead of removing plugs. Just connect the wire to a plug and rest the base of the plug on the head or block. If you remove a plug then keep it away from that cylinder in case gas sprays out while cranking. That'* why I like to use a spare plug. Do the vacuum line test first, if you find gas in the line then skip the spark test & replace the FPR.
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Well :( i went out to pop the hood on this car to check everything and the hood release is now broken., is there any way i could like open it without the lever on the inside of the car


So I Don't know if this is of any help to the cause of the problem
but once i get this car started it runs like a champ.
but i parked it on a hill for about 2 min and i ran inside
the nose of the car was downward of the rear and when i got
back to the car it was idleing REALLY low and it died ?
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Where did the cable break? Inside the cabin or under the hood?

If in the cabin, just put vicegrips on the cable and yank it. If it broke under the hood....well....how much do you like that grille?
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Well I Don't Think It'* Broke Just Really Loose If I Just Pull On It. It'* Not Gonna Mess Anything Up Right ? Thats What I Was Gonna Do But When I Started To Pull On it. It Looked as if the whol cable casing and all was being pulled in... haha i like the grille but it'* kinda busted a little as it is so i guess i could take it all the way off....
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Well I Got It Open With Some Vicegrips So That Answers Those Questions And Fixes That Problem Now Back To The Starting Problem.

I Tried To Jump It Becuase someone on here said it may be the battery.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hCbtcsaVM1k

That'* what happened it didn't start so you don't really need to watch it

but where is the vacumn hose so i can go check for gas in it ??
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