Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Won't start

asked by on

It has set up for 7 years I drained the tank changed the fuel filter and spark plugs and battery. The truck will crank when I put gas in the carburetor but only for a few seconds then cut off. Also the fuel pump is working.

My car has 200000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Hello. If the engine will run when some fuel is poured into the throttle body then that means that fuel is not coming out of the injectors. If the fuel pressure is not high enough then this will occur. I always check the pressure first. If it is low then I replace the fuel pump. If the fuel pump is fine then I remove the ignition control module from the distributor and have it tested. If it is not functioning properly then it will not tell the computer to pulse the injectors. This is the most likely issue. If that is fine then further testing of the electrical system needs to be done to see if there is an issue with the power supply or the computer. If you need to have this looked at, consider YourMechanic, as a certified mechanic can come to your home or office to diagnose and repair your non-starting vehicle.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 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!

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: Car won't start - 2002 Ford Focus

Hello. When it comes to replacement parts, new doesn't always mean good. I would check the fuel pressure and spark to the plugs. Then, I would work backwards from there: there could be a clogged fuel filter, failed coil, bad...

Q: Engine turns but wont start.

Hi JR. You might want to check your cold start injector; especially if you're smelling fuel; as this can be a sign of improper air/fuel mixture which essentially is creating a rich situation. The cold start injector, also referred to...

Q: Water in oil

If you are getting water in the oil of the motor then you either have a leaking intake manifold or the head gaskets are leaking coolant into the oil of the engine. You should not drive the vehicle with water...

Related articles

How Long Does a Heater Control Valve Last?
Keeping the right amount of coolant in a car is essential in keeping the engine at the right temperature. Failing to have the right amount of coolant or even bad elements...
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...
P2428 OBD-II Trouble Code: Exhaust Gas Temperature Too High Bank 1
P2428 code definition A P2428 trouble code signifies that the PCM has detected a problem in the exhaust gas temperature sensor circuit in bank 1, which subsequently contains the number one...