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My car will run on starter fluid but not on it's own. Single…

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My car will run...

My car will run on starter fluid but not on it's own

Mechanic's Assistant: When you turn the key, do you get a single loud click, or a series of rapid ones?

Single I believe

Mechanic's Assistant: What is the make/model/year of your car?

1984 nissan 300zx 2+2 non turbo

Mechanic's Assistant: Are you fixing your 300ZX yourself? What have you tried so far?

Yes I am, and so far I have checked that i am getting fuel from the fuel pump and it is delivering fuel to the pressure regulator and there is fuel going to the fuel rails

Mechanic's Assistant: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?

I pulled the spark plugs out and all of them were dry

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Nissan Mechanic: Jake, Nissan Technician replied 4 months ago
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Hey there, thanks for the question. Do you notice the security light on when cranking?
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Nissan Mechanic: Jake, Nissan Technician replied 4 months ago
Crap, this is a 84 model my apologies. That’s irrelevant here
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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Ohh okay
Nissan Mechanic: Jake, Nissan Technician replied 4 months ago
you not getting injector pulse correct? Good fuel pressure but no injector pulse?
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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
I believe so, its getting the 35psi from the fuel pump just no fuel delivery
Nissan Mechanic: Jake, Nissan Technician replied 4 months ago
Then the distributor is likely at fault here. The cam sensor inside the distributor controls injector pulse.
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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
The car recently overheated really bad would that be a cause for this to happen?
Nissan Mechanic: Jake, Nissan Technician replied 4 months ago
Probably not to be honest unless the overheating effected the distributor or got coolant on it.
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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
If the cam sensor was bad would there still be spark from the spark plugs?
Nissan Mechanic: Jake, Nissan Technician replied 4 months ago
On these old cars yes, it was not uncommon. You could very by installing a new distributor and turning it even by hand and checking
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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Because I have spark just no fuel leaving the fuel injectors, could it possibly be my injectors too?
Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Hello
Nissan Mechanic: Jake, Nissan Technician replied 4 months ago
No, injectors are fine I’m sure. You can ohm them out to be sure if you want
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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
How can I check if the cam sensor is bad
Nissan Mechanic: Jake, Nissan Technician replied 4 months ago

well you would need to check the pulse generated from it that it sends to the ECM when cranking the engine. Hard to do unless you have a lab stop or oscilloscope.

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Nissan Mechanic: Jake, Nissan Technician replied 4 months ago

Just checking in to see if you still need assistance?

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