Q: Q: Car won't start

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My car won't start.

There are a number of things that could be the cause of a no start condition. Remember, an engine requires 4 things to run: air, fuel, compression, and spark. Your vehicle has a complex computer controlled ignition system and relies on signals from the crank sensor to tell it when to open the fuel injectors, and when to fire the spark plugs. A problem with this sensor would not allow the engine to run. Distributor failure is the most common issue I have seen on your particular vehicle. This is due to age and oil contamination from leaking valve cover gaskets. You could also have internal mechanical damage preventing the engine from running. I suggest having a trained technician run a variety of tests to see what exactly is stopping the engine from running.

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