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Old 03-24-2009, 05:39 PM   #1
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Default EJ22 Wont Start...

My EJ22 (from a '93 Legacy) that I have in my Vanagon is behaving oddly. I came to the end of an offramp and it died, I fired it back up (extremely slow cranking, but it started) and then drove it another 5 miles to work where it failed again but would not start again.

Lo and behold my negative battery terminal on one of two batteries had come loose. I reattached it and charged the batteries and then tried to fire it up again. It is cranking but it sounds a little odd, like it is rattling a bit, but not cranking fast like a timing belt failure. But, if it was a timing belt failure, what would be the quickest way to check for that? Can I take the plastic cam pulley covers off easily? There appear to be three bolts holding each of them onto the timing cover.

There are a litany of items that may have failed and I'm trying to diagnose one piece at a time. I pulled the fuses from the stereo system to avoid any potential draw issues it may have caused and I have checked the water level in one of the two batteries and it appears fine. The fuel pump is priming appropriately but I'm not sure if I'm getting spark. I'm also not sure if the alternator was working correctly, but that shouldn't stop me from starting the engine on battery.

Because the engine is in the back of the vehicle and the ignition switch is up in the front on the steering column, I'm wondering if there is a way for me to easily test the coil to see if it has failed or if I am getting spark in general. If I had someone here I could have them crank it and put a spare plug in one of the plug leads and ground it to see if it is functioning.


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Old 03-24-2009, 09:59 PM   #2
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Well I got it to start and it really seems to be a rod knock or a wristpin knock of some kind. Only other items I can think of are hydraulic lash adjusters that are either GONE or horribly stuck in the 'not pumped up' orientation.

Can't tell if it's got oil pressure or not. The idiot light goes out when it starts but my VDO gauge and sender won't work because they're M10 straight and not pipe thread. Next step is to get a mechanical gauge that will fit I guess.

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