The car has about 190,000-200,000 miles. It kind of fires, and then immediately goes back to cranking without firing again. If I spray starting fluid in it, it does the same thing. It acts like it is fuel starved, but maybe it is not getting fire. The last time it did this, it cured itself.
I don't know, my daughter parked the car in the driveway before leaving for vacation. When I spray starting fluid in it, it tries to start, like it is getting fire, that's why I think it is not getting fuel, but when I stop cranking, I can hear whirring toward the rear, that leads me to believe that the fuel pump is pumping. Don't know if it has enough pressure or is clogged up somewhere.
When you say pull one of the coils, what do you mean by coils? I'm more familiar with cars with spark plugs, a coil and a condenser and points. I don't work on injection cars myself, I'm just trying to diagnose this so I can estimate how much it's going to cost me.
If I get fire, then it is a fuel problem. I read that the fuel filter is in the fuel pump accessible under the back seat. But the filter/pump is one unit, and I might need a special tool to remove the pump, is that correct?
When you say it is not likely the pump, then what would cause it to not get fuel. The pump and filter are a single unit, is that correct? How can I check the fuel flow?
So what if I have spark (I won't be able to check until I get home tonight). Do I need to send it to a mechanic to run down another issue? I still won't know if the injectors are putting fuel into the cylinders (it seems unlikely that all 4 of them suddenly are not working) or will I have to get someone with a fuel pressure gauge?
Wife just called. The car started. We have been trying since Friday. She said she cranked it about 6 or 7 different times, and it finally started. What do you think might be causing this kind of issue?
Engine light is not on. Wife just turned off the car, and it started right up again. I guess I'll go to Auto Zone and get some plugs.
Actually, found out car was recently tuned up....didn't need plugs. We think that the ignition key lost it's identity (the chip) with the car, and was re-united with the car. The cars at my brother-in-laws work sometimes mess up, and the dealer told him to crank, stop, and re-crank, several times quickly and that fixes the problem with the chip in the key. That was what my wife did when it started. When I cranked the car, I would let it rest between the times I cranked it. I never heard of such a thing, anyway, it runs fine now. I don't need the membership.