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PostSubject: Cranks but won't start... Seems to be wet mornings...   Sun Jan 04, 2015 6:19 pm

So my 94 Buick is giving me this issue for the second time... Both on cold, wet days... The first time I just took another car, but this second time I've got nowhere to be... So I figured I'd do some digging... Very few clues... Can smell unburnt fuel... Having some fumes coming back out the intake. No MIL or codes... The low oil and change oil lights come on after an unsuccessful start... I'm just lost... Maybe it's the ignition module? Maybe a stuck low oil sensor?
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PostSubject: Re: Cranks but won't start... Seems to be wet mornings...   Sun Jan 04, 2015 10:50 pm

The coil would be a good place to start. Do you have an extra to try? If it will run spray some salt water on it and see if it arcs or stumbles.
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PostSubject: Re: Cranks but won't start... Seems to be wet mornings...   Sun Jan 04, 2015 11:22 pm

I have the factory coil.... Somewhere... I replaced it and the Opti when I had my water pump go bad... I wish I could find the thing... Found the trashed pump... Found the old opti... Bah. I just hope it fires tomorrow morning. Do you some WD or wire dry would be a safe gamble? What about the oil level sensor? Anyone had a problem with them?
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PostSubject: Re: Cranks but won't start... Seems to be wet mornings...   Sun Jan 04, 2015 11:44 pm

And... There it is... Went out... Turned the key crank crank crank... Sprayed my icm and coil with the wire dryer I found... Gave it a second and then gave her a turn... Fired right up... So I guess it's time for a coil. Suggestions? OE?
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PostSubject: Re: Cranks but won't start... Seems to be wet mornings...   Mon Jan 05, 2015 1:30 am

ShamelessTR wrote:
And... There it is... Went out... Turned the key crank crank crank... Sprayed my icm and coil with the wire dryer I found... Gave it a second and then gave her a turn... Fired right up... So I guess it's time for a coil. Suggestions? OE?

The MSD coil works well,.a stock 96 coil is good,.

If it were me,. i,d change the coil wire first,..... Wink
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PostSubject: Re: Cranks but won't start... Seems to be wet mornings...   Mon Jan 05, 2015 8:38 am

Ok. The coil is an Accel coil and the coil wire is an MSD wire... If that makes a lick of difference... I don't need anything special out of my coil... I replaced it because I got a deal. I'll spend some more time looking today and see what I can dig up. Thanks for the input
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PostSubject: Re: Cranks but won't start... Seems to be wet mornings...   Mon Jan 05, 2015 2:02 pm

The Accel is a good piece as well. If it is not that old I would contact them to see it they would warranty it.
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PostSubject: Re: Cranks but won't start... Seems to be wet mornings...   Mon Jan 05, 2015 10:25 pm

ShamelessTR wrote:
Ok. The coil is an Accel coil and the coil wire is an MSD wire... If that makes a lick of difference... I don't need anything special out of my coil... I replaced it because I got a deal. I'll spend some more time looking today and see what I can dig up. Thanks for the input
Have someone crank it for you when its dark,. take a squirt bottle with some water, dampen everything down,.
Look for sparks,.
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PostSubject: Re: Cranks but won't start... Seems to be wet mornings...   Tue Jan 06, 2015 12:54 am

Thanks. I think I'm at the point now of ripping it out and breaking out the old trusty multimeter. If I can find some bad ohm readings maybe I'll shoot Accel an email. The MSD unit is 4 dollars more than an AC Delco... So they're really on a pretty equal field there.
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