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Old 08-17-07, 07:01 PM
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not getting spark

96 elantra, dosn't seem to be getting any spark, was driving and it just stoped, turns over but won't start, dosn't have a round distribitor so don't know how to check if it's timming belt or not or if it's something simple, i put a screw driver in the end of the plug wire and held it close to the block and tried to start it, but no spark. just at a lost at what to check or where to check. as you can see i'm not that bright on auto repairs. any ideas????
 
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Old 08-18-07, 06:40 AM
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Timing belt would be a possibility; recommended replacement on you car is 60,000 miles and it IS an interference engine, so pray it's not the timing belt. Try removing the oil filler cap from the valve cover and look in to see if you can see valves, rocker arms, or camshaft. Have someone crank it over while you look in; watch to see if things are rotating or going up and down (good, belt not broken) or just sitting there (very bad, probably broken).
 
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Old 08-18-07, 07:09 AM
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Originally Posted by the_tow_guy View Post
Timing belt would be a possibility; recommended replacement on you car is 60,000 miles and it IS an interference engine, so pray it's not the timing belt. Try removing the oil filler cap from the valve cover and look in to see if you can see valves, rocker arms, or camshaft. Have someone crank it over while you look in; watch to see if things are rotating or going up and down (good, belt not broken) or just sitting there (very bad, probably broken).
checked liked you said, and parts inside moving, is there a fuse that controls the fuel pump? i've looked in the box under the dash, and the one under the hood, but none say fuel pump or anything close, and it dosn't seem to be getting spark at the plugs, (i checked by putting a screw driver in the end of a plug wire, and holding it next to the block, but no spark) didn't know if that was a good way to check it or not. i know i sound dumb, but at 57 and not used to working on cars(it was a lot easier back in my early days) it's kindda tough. thanks for the advice.---hat!
 
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Old 08-18-07, 09:49 AM
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Hat, please stick with one post, so that everything can be viewed in one spot. There should be a fuel pump fuse under the hood, probably in the power distribution box.

Here is a way to check the fuel pump. On your command, have someone turn the key on to the run - but not start - position. Get as close to the gas tank as you can before giving the command. When the key is turned on, you should hear a whirr or buzz sound for a few seconds. If you hear it, the fuel pump is getting power.
 
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