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Old 03-18-2007, 01:42 PM   #21
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Fuel pressure gauge is going to be $40 or more. Hold off until you do the other tests.
Any spark plug will work for this test - got a lawn mower?

Edit - The schrader valve is just like a tire pressure valve - just remove the cap & push the center with a small screwdriver.
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Sadly enough, no. Hmmm. Well, at least I can see if any fuel sprays out. That is a start.
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The schrader valve is just like a tire pressure valve - just remove the cap & push the center with a small screwdriver.
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Cool, thanks. Going out right now. Let you know in a few.
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Okay, well, I definitely got fuel. Can still smell it. But I kinda like that smell.
Anyway, I'm no mechanical genius, but I am pretty sure that if I got fuel, and I think it is safe to assume there is air, than I must not have spark...I think that is how it works.
Or, just cause there is fuel to the schraeder valve does that mean that it is not the injectors? Or could they still be clogged?
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I doubt anything got past the fuel filter & plugged the injectors. Next step is to check for spark. You can take out one of your plugs & use that or take the wires off a coil & hold a screwdriver on one post with the end of the screwdriver about a 1/4 of an inch from the other post. Make sure you're just touching the screwdriver handle. Have someone crank over the engine & watch for spark.
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I was wondering if I could use one of the plugs I have already. I'll see what I can do.
Could it be a starter. It does try to start, just wont turn over. If I remember right, if it is a starter it won't even try to turn over, right? I think I have one more coil somewhere too. My father-in-law works part time at a garage and got me two that were only like 1 month old for $10.
Let'* see what happens with the spark test.
Now, just have to get someone to try to start it.
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What a minute - is the starter turning over the engine?
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That'* what I am saying. It seems like it wants to start, but it doesn't. Last time that happened was when the fuel pump was bad. Then I thought maybe there wan;t enough battery power, which is why I tried jumping it.
I thought that when the starter was bad it would do NOTHING when you tried starting it.
I also just remembered that it did stall once on me the other day, but I figured that was because of the oil pressure.
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OK - as long as it'* turning over go ahead & check for spark.
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