Q: cranks but wont start. 1986 Toyota Pickup

asked by on

just replaced the head gasket. had the head pressure tested, replaced the timing gears chain and adjusters. replaced the connectors for the fuel injectors, timing is set number 1 cylinder at top dead center. new cap rotor and plug wires. new fuel pump. cranks is getting spark and fuel but wont start

My car has 220000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Try to spray some starting fluid into the throttle body to see if the vehicle starts and then stalls. If it does, then look at the fuel injection for potential issues such as a computer not firing the injectors. If the vehicle still does not try to start, then double check the timing of the engine camshaft and ignition timing. Do a compression test to make sure you have compression on all cylinders. Remember that the intake mass air sensor and tube need to be sealed to start the car. If you need some help having this looked at, a qualified professional from YourMechanic can come to your car’s location to inspect the starting problem and let you know what repairs are needed.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1,000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. cranks but wont start. 1986 Toyota Pickup

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Starts but does not run for very long

I would recommend checking and cleaning your mass air flow sensor as this can cause a lean or rich fuel mixture when not working properly. With this happening, there should be a Check Engine Light on that would have registered...

Q: I changed my thermostat and my truck is still overheating.

The next thing to check would be the fan or fan clutch. The hot coolant in the radiator cannot be cooled if there is not enough airflow across the radiator and this would be the result of a weak fan...

Q: Possible vacuum leak on my 2005 PT Cruiser. How bad is it?

You may have a vacuum leak in the intake air tubing between the turbo and the throttle body or mass air sensor. I would recommend having the engine checked and diagnosed by a certified mechanic from YourMechanic.

Related articles

How Do Power Car Windows Increase Passenger Safety?
Power windows are responsible for approximately 2,000 emergency room visits every year. When a power window closes, it exerts enough force to bruise or break bones, crush fingers, or restrict an airway. Though...
What are the Car Pool Rules in Hawaii?
Hawaii is widely regarded as a land of vacation and relaxation, and as such, its scenic roads and routes are far better known than the state’s freeways. But, as with all...
How Much Does a Mechanic Make in Vermont?
Automotive technician jobs in Vermont have an average mechanic salary of $37k, with some mechanics earning a salary of $53k.