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Old April 4th, 2005, 11:26 PM
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Help with engine not starting

hey guys,
As some of you know, our D-90 was wrecked. Well, we decided to buy it back from insurance and fix it ourselves. I was working on it tonight and what I am planning on doing is to get the engine and transmission ready to be stored for a while because I won't be running them much during the frame replacement (which will be an extended project due to time constraints). Here's a little background on the wreck along with some pics for those that haven't seen it yet... http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...=advice+sought

So I went to try and start the engine today because visually, nothing happened to it. I just wanted it to catch so I could be sure that it was OK. It would turn over, but wouldn't catch and I couldn't figure out what the problem was. The spark plugs are sparking, so I am pretty sure the problem lies in the fuel lines. it really doesn't sound like it's getting fuel. I checked all the fuel lines visually and they are all fine though. I know the fuel tank was emptied by the shop that was looking it over for insurance. I only had about 2 gallons of fuel at home, so that's all I put in. It still wouldn't catch when I tried starting it.

Does anybody have any suggestions as to what may be the problem? Or a way that I could narrow it down??

After I know that it will at least start, I can go ahead and store it (i.e. fogging oil in the cylinders, anti-sieze on the spark plugs, block intake/exhaust holes so critters don't move in, etc.) I really want to get it started though first. BTW, it has been sitting for about a month outside on the body shop's lot. It was never started there though FWIW.

If I put a socket on the crankshaft bolt, the engine turns over freely also.

Any suggestions to get it started???

TIA!!
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Old April 5th, 2005, 12:23 AM
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IIRC, there is a collision sensor somewhere in there and cuts power to the fuel pump if it's tripped.

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Yep sounds like the inertia switch. It should be in the fuse pannel, about the size of a relay with a button on top.
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That worked!!! Fired right up on the first crank of the key. Thanks for the help guys!!!
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