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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old Nov 17th, 00, 04:11 AM Thread Starter
 
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camaro not starting battery is good. How should I start to trouble shoot. 95 camaro. lights work. but stereo and dash nothing works its like the car doesn"t accept my key codes i am no t sure plese help thanks.
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old Nov 17th, 00, 10:20 AM
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First place I'd start, spray some starting fluid in the air intake and try to start it. This will determine whether you have a fuel delivery problem or ignition.
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post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old Nov 17th, 00, 04:22 PM
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Could you please clarify the no start? Is it cranking or not cranking? If it's cranking, then I'd try Tom3's suggestion, however if its not even cranking over, then I'd check the starter and all connections from the battery to the starter, from the starter solenoid to the ignition switch, etc. Double check to be sure the battery has sufficient power to crank the starter, it may appear to be good, but not have the juice to turn the motor over (this happened on my '69, it'd run all the lights, radio, everything, but as soon as the starter was keyed, everything would go out with a click).

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post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old Nov 17th, 00, 06:35 PM
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hector,

Check the fuse links, they are down by the starter. This is a safety in case of bad short in the system. You will find down at the starter some wires that bolt on with the hot cable from the battery. The first 4 to 6 inches of these wires are fuse link, then they join on to big red wires. grab the wire and pull on it and if it's burned it will pull in two in the fuse link. Replace this with fuse link wire only.

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post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old Nov 18th, 00, 09:49 AM
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<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by tom3:
First place I'd start, spray some starting fluid in the air intake and try to start it. This will determine whether you have a fuel delivery problem or ignition. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Does anyone know what "starting fluid" or "Ether" does, or can do to an engine?
It's always the first thing that alot of people think to do.
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post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old Nov 18th, 00, 11:22 PM
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Never actually seen it happen, but have heard the horror stories. The not so bad ones involved blown head gaskets, cracked heads, bent pushrods, your basic mechanical failures. The BAD ones are flash burns to face and hands due to backfire (and believe it or not, smoking while spraying it). I'm sure Tom3 meant to use due caution.

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post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old Nov 19th, 00, 06:35 AM
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This is news to me. What does starting fluid actually do to an engine? Growing up on a farm, one item essential for operating any tractor, truck, chainsaw, weed-eater was a can of starting fluid! I remember soaking aircleaners with the stuff as a kid.(Which I realize now was not smart at all!) However, never heard of it doing any damage to the engine.
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post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old Nov 19th, 00, 09:37 AM
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I didn't really think about the dangerous personal injury aspect when I made my original post.

"Ether" or "Starting fluid", should be used on some types of diesel engines. (what kind depends upon type of injection system and if they have a glow plug or heated intake tract in them.) When used on "Diesels" in the correct manner, this operation usually takes 2 people. 1 operates the starter button or key, the other sprays a small amount into the air-filter as the engine is being cranked over. You only want to use enough to get it to start.

Gasoline engines, as we know them, have a "Spark" type of ignition system. Are you starting to see some possibilities yet?

"Ether", or "Starting fluid", will fire under combustion, without a spark. This makes a gasoline engine try to fire the cylinders, when they are NOT supposed to.

This can equate to bent rods, and all kinds of other serious engine problems.

I know it always worked down on the farm, but I guess there was probably alot of luck involved also.

Usually, 9 out of 10 times that something doesn't run, it's NOT because you ran out of Ether or starting fluid.


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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old Nov 19th, 00, 01:37 PM
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Hey Hector,

You seemed almost frantic on your first post, and now it's 2 days later and nothing--------- what's-sup.

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