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Category: Cadillac
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Experience:  Independent Shop Experience, 2 Year Automotive Diploma, & Access to Information Database
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My car will turn over but will not start; like it's out of

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My car will turn over but will not start; like it's out of gas
JA: Has the vehicle turned into a gas hog? And how does it start -- same as usual?
Customer: Nothing has changed on gas mileage. It had been starting good.
JA: What is the model/year of your Cadillac?
Customer: 2009 DTS
JA: Are you fixing your DTS yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: We would like to fix it ourselves if possible. We haven't tried anything.
JA: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?
Customer: Nothing I can think of.
Submitted: 2 months ago.
Category: Cadillac
Expert:  Dan replied 2 months ago.

Hello, my name is ***** ***** I'm here to help get your problem solved.

Expert:  Dan replied 2 months ago.

Are you getting any warnings on dash such as theft warnings?

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
Expert:  Dan replied 2 months ago.

Try to see if vehicle runs on starting fluid, let me know. Thanks.

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
No, it will not start on fluid
Expert:  Dan replied 2 months ago.

Next step is to pull a ignition coil, use a spark plug tester, and see if coil is producing spark. Or connect a scan tool to check diagnostic codes.

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
It is getting fire. Will need to wait until tomorrow to have access to a scanner
Expert:  Dan replied 2 months ago.

That is kinda hard to believe it is getting spark but won't start on starting fluid. If that were true then low compression due to timing chain problem would be next likely cause. Let me know tomorrow if it is showing any codes, thanks.

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
Expert:  Dan replied 2 months ago.

No problem, keep me updated. Thanks.

Expert:  Dan replied 2 months ago.

Ever get it figured out? Thanks