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Old 01-22-2011, 04:51 PM   #1
sonik11
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Default 02 2.5L won't start

Ok, having a bad day here, my wagon won't start. It trys to turn over but just won't. The battery is good, connections are clean and tight, I just don't know.

Then, one day while trying to figure out what's wrong, I went to start it and I had no clutch pedal pressure, the pedal went straight to the floor, not to sure where I should go from here...any suggestions?
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Old 01-23-2011, 11:27 AM   #2
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According to many searches, you need 3 things for startup:
spark
fuel
compression

Pull a plug wire, lay it on the intake manifold, and crank. Does it spark?
When you turn the ignition to on (not start) can you hear the fuel pump prime itself?
You can pull the inspection cover for the timing belt (under the AC compressor) and see if it's intact. You can confirm timing this way, but it makes sure that the belt isn't dead.

As for your clutch pedal, pop the hood and look for a leak. Trace the line from the master clutch cylinder (towards the passenger side of the brake booster) to the slave cylinder (bolted to the transmission). Have someone push the clutch when observing the clutch slave cylinder, does it move?

Another question, does the engine even spin when you clutch-in and start? Without more details, it almost sounds like the clutch fork may be stuck. Can you move the shifter with any sort of effort without even touching the clutch pedal?
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Old 01-23-2011, 02:25 PM   #3
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The trans can still shift through gears fine, the engine does spin with the clutch in too...I haven't seen any leaks but it is like -10 degrees today, the leak might be frozen, I'll check on that though
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Old 01-26-2011, 08:18 PM   #4
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When you crank the engine does turn over...correct? If the clutch is having problems only try and start the car in neutral. You have two separate problems going on. Pull the front covers and check your timing marks. To check spark spend the $3 on an adjustable spark tester, it lets you adjust the size of space the spark has to jump. To simulate the conditions of how spark reacts in the combustion chamber under 200psi you need make the spark jump a 3/4 to 1 inch gap. You could get great spark from a screw driver on the manifold all day but that does not mean it will fire under compression. It isn't a bad quick test but you should get the tester. Please elaborate on your problem.
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