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Old July 21st, 2010, 09:35 PM
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Truck won't start after washing...Please Help!!!

Okay so I decided to pressure wash my '94 D90 after the weekend trip to Gore and now she won't start! I washed the entire undercarriage and the front skid/steering from underneath so any water entering the engine bay came from below.

I have searched through the forums and have tried the following already:

Checked for loose connections
Let the truck sit for a day and a half
Changed coil and sprayed all connections with CRC cleaner
Cleaned connections at alternator with CRC
Changed distributor cap and rotor
Changed the four spark plugs on the passenger side (still need to do the DS but had no change in starting so I decided to wait on that for now)

The truck cranks and acts like it's about to fire but never does. There is spark at the cap on the coil wire and I checked a couple cylinders as well. You can hear the fuel pump kick on when I turn the key and after cranking the engine you can smell gas in the tail pipe and a small amount of smoke comes out...

what do I do next? Please help!
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Old July 21st, 2010, 09:39 PM
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Old July 21st, 2010, 09:42 PM
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Changed distributor cap and rotor
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change back to the old
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Old July 21st, 2010, 09:48 PM
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change back to the old
To clarify, the items I listed that I have done were all done after the truck would not start. Essentially I was going through all my spare parts that I had been meaning to put on as a tune up but just hadn't yet.
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Old July 21st, 2010, 10:55 PM
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huh?
I posted somethign and realized it was wrong.
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Old July 22nd, 2010, 08:14 AM
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Accept my low ball offers and I'll come over and drive it home

Damn no help here? I'll man up and tell the boss I need to go help you tonight. Might need to stay on the couch though. Make sure you have a cold one handy.
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Old July 22nd, 2010, 09:18 AM
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I'll have some cold ones ready and you just have to share the couch with the dogs!

Blake said he may be able to swing by to lend a hand as well
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Old July 22nd, 2010, 10:17 AM
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Hi Jeff.. throw dirt over it will start right up! .. its obviously sulking my son used to thow a wobbly after being washed also .. never used a jet washer on him though... ;-)

does the dizzy have a condensor on it ? they go south real quick when wet, if not make sure the ignition amplifier on the dizzy is clean, dry and has a good earth.

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Jeff,

Dry all of the electrical components with air.

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Old July 22nd, 2010, 11:34 AM
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This may or may not help, but I parked my truck once and it sat during heavy rains for like 3 days. I had pretty much the same symptoms. I did all the stuff you have tried as it needed a tune up anyways and nothing worked. I eventually got to cycling the inertial kill switch thing that is supposed to cut gas when you rollover and it cranked right up. I am not exactly sure how that switch works or why it kicked off, but thats what did it for me. It is located behind the fuse box and is a little plunger shaped thing. Easy enough try if you are stumped.
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It sounds super flooded. Don't ask how it happens as my old 90 was tempermental for this. The fuel cutoff thing should work. If you can't figure that one out then disconnect the fuel injector trigger wire from the ignition coil and turn over the engine. It'll sputter and try to start but it's just burning off the extra fuel. Then re-attach the wire. It's a skinny little thing that runs from the coil to a wire loom near the back of the intake plenum.
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I think it sat long enough to not be flooded (at least intially) since he washed it Tuesday. But we'll try that and check the inertia switch too.
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If you have good spark at the plug wires and you are sure about it getting fuel then I also would say it's flooded and probably a spark plug change will get it going. Happened to me this spring.
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If it is flooded, crank it over for ten seconds with your foot to the floor on the gas pedal. It will start.
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Yes that usually works for me too. Keep in mind he changed half the plugs, so still not sure it's flooded (without having looked at it yet).
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snort of starting fluid usually works if its popping
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That sounds like a "here, hold my beer and watch this" moment
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