'80 Ford Fairmont won't start


Old 01-09-04, 07:00 AM
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Unhappy '80 Ford Fairmont won't start

Hi there,
I'm trying not to go mad figuring this out so I thought I'd ask for some help...here's the gist, weather got cold, killed battery (had it tested and it was 'bad') new battery installed, new battery post terminals, new plugs, new starter solenoid, now it will crank and crank but it just won't go. It's getting fuel in the carb, so I can't figure if it has charge, spark, and fuel, what else could it be?
Any ideas greatly appreciated
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Old 01-09-04, 09:55 AM
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Do you have spark? Pull a plug wire off and either remove the plug or use an old one. Lay it on anything metal and while watching it have someone spin the engine over (with the spark plug wire connected to it of course). If you have fire you will see the spark jump across the electrodes. Check the spark plugs to see if they are wet with gas. If so you likely have flooded it in your attempts to get it started. You could have washed the cylinders and reduced your compression enough to make it not able to start. What was the condition before it got cold?
Hope this is helpful to ya,

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Old 01-09-04, 10:45 AM
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Burn it!!!!


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