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Old September 25th, 2009, 07:53 PM
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Won't turn over

I'm about fed up with this vehicle... I sung its praises literally on Wednesday and it breaks down on Thursday. Here's a rundown....Car has occasionally for about a year had lumpy idle and sometimes dies on startup (97 Auto) but if I give it some gas it'll run fine and drives no problem and the lumpy idle will go away after a few minutes. Yesterday it did it and started then all the sudden I go to Publix and go to get back in and it won't turn over. I leave it for about 30 minutes and it starts up with the aforementioned process of gassing it on startup. I drive it home and proceed to crank it a couple more times last night without much trouble. This morning no dice....I just moved back to Columbia, SC and dont know a mechanic down here and won't go to the stealership. All advice would be appreciated. My mechanic from GA seems to think (and I agree) its either spark or fuel related.
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Old September 26th, 2009, 02:52 PM
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If by "won't turn over" you mean it won't fire, yes, you're on the right track. Which do you not have, spark or fuel?
If you mean it won't crank, then neither would have anything to do with that, as it would be an electrical problem or bad starter.
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Old September 26th, 2009, 07:10 PM
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how about the basics, how many miles, have you serviced fuel filter? This is what happens when you neglect your truck, you were asking for it dude.
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Old September 27th, 2009, 06:31 PM
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Originally Posted by rover4x4
how about the basics, how many miles, have you serviced fuel filter? This is what happens when you neglect your truck, you were asking for it dude.
Well I'm happy that some on this board are like every other internet wonk where hollow insults are thrown around without knowing much of anything or anyone. Nevertheless some input would be appreciated and I'll be as clear as possible.

100k miles
Fuel Filter is not the issue
If its worth something the stereo has been finicky as of a week ago - maybe an electrical gremlin?
The lumpy idle I'd attribute (and so did my mechanic) as more related to extremely humid and hot temperatures combined with the truck sitting all day while I am at work.
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Old September 27th, 2009, 07:39 PM
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Christian,

Go back to Tom's post and let us know what you mean by "won't turn over".

I'm a member of the '95 No-start club so I feel your pain. I had everything: fuel, spark but no fire. It ended up being due to my Autozone distributor cap. It was giving spark but not it was very weak.
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Old September 27th, 2009, 07:59 PM
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The starter is obviously working and trying to do its job. Therefore I'd guess you'd say it isn't firing. I'm very worried its electrical/computer related which would be a bummer. This is the 97 GEMS engine so its distributor-less...IT doesn't help either that my truck has a rimmer supercharger so it only adds to the confusion especially when looking at my Manual and the total differences in my engine bay vs. stock. I think I'm going to flatbed it to my guy John Eversley in Winder, GA for some work. He's got my 911 as well so maybe I can work out a package deal? I wish!
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Old September 27th, 2009, 09:18 PM
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Check the ground near the stereo.

Mike at ECR just posted about it.

check bushducks.com for a mechanic near you.
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