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engine starting prob

by jonathan_davis / February 14, 2010 9:18 AM PST

i have 1973 ford f-250 its a 360ci engine well its not starting not even a misfire or backfire now i just redone the timing Ive rebuilt the carburetor, replaced the spark plugs, there isn't a frayed wire or even a crack in the distributor which i would see a blue spark so what the heck could be the problem oh n yes fuel is reaching the engine thru the carb

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by justindira / February 15, 2010 6:26 PM PST
In reply to: engine starting prob

hi there
If you turn your car key and get nothing, or get anything less than an engine roaring to life, you might be in for a bad day. Starting problems can be very frustrating because there are so many things under the hood that can keep a car from starting. Heck, pretty much everything under the hood can keep the car from starting.

In order to troubleshoot a no-start problem, you need to start at the beginning of the line, the battery, and work your way back. Some tests for a no-start problem are simple, others are a pain in the neck and a technical nightmare. Nonetheless, you need to figure out why the car won't start, so we'll try to help. If your key won't turn in the ignition

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by jonathan_davis / February 18, 2010 10:15 AM PST
In reply to: hi

ok i turn the igniton key to turn the engine over and i just get the engine turning over and over and over that it now i have power cause its cranking over i have a brand new distributor cap, new spark plugs,new ignition coil, ignition solenoid is new, timing is right just did it a month ago, gas is reaching the carb n making it into the engine block,im gettin no fire on the plugs tho

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Did you...
by Cyberfool / March 18, 2010 7:59 PM PDT
In reply to: hello

Replace, or clean the rotor inside the cap? Leaving it sitting on the radiator would be a major boo boo.

It sounds like you can ignore everything but spark issues, have you checked the wires that juice the coil, maybe you dislodged one while working under the hood. See if the coil is firing prior to the distributor. If you have spark there, you should have spark on down the line, even if the spark plug wires were put back on the new cap in the wrong order...

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