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Vehicle won't start. What do you check first?

Discussion in 'Cars & Automotive' started by Myles, Sep 11, 2018.

  1. Myles

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    I have a bucket truck that has been sitting for a few months. I tried to start it yesterday. It would crank and crank but would not turn over.
    After checking the gas, it was getting dark so I went inside.
    I think I will first try spraying a bit of starter fluid in the carb. Is that what you would suggest?
    I'm not much of a engine tinkerer besides changing the oil, plugs and minor stuff like that.

    It's a 1985 C30 V8 5.7L gas engine
     



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    The battery.
     
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    It cranks and cranks :L
     
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    You're on the right track. A squirt of starter fluid will get it to kick if there is spark present, if that doesn't get it to at least fire up for a few seconds you have a spark issue.

    Do you have a friend that knows how to check a spark plug wire for juice?
     
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    Well which is it?


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    Stick a screwdriver in the plug wire end?

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    It's an '85 so it may be carbeurated which is is to verify if gas is getting to the combustion chamber. The next is spark. You can pull a plug wire and while the engine is turning hold the plug wire near something metal like an engine lift bracket, you should be able to see a spark jump. Work your way through the usual suspects.
     
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    Need a lot of cold cranking amps for that! :D
     
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    OMG! It's worst than we thought!




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    You kick it three times (right front tire is suggested) then call it some names
     
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    Why do you have a bucket truck?
     
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    He better leave that bucket truck alone....



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    @williewilliejuan how do you handle things when YOUR bucket truck is on the fritz?
     
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    if it doesn't have a carb and a coil, I'm fucking lost.
     
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    It was on his bucket list to have one? :noidea:
     
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    Call my sponsor and tell him I must have gone on a bender and stolen a bucket truck.
     
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