Sep 4th, 13, 07:04 PM
Join Date: Sep 2000
Location: Va Beach VA
Re: 1996 camaro cranks and then dies
First, I would take the battery out and externally charge it for a couple days.
If a new type charger is used, set the charger on 10 AMPS let charge until the 'CHARGE' light comes on, then let the battery charge on 2 AMP setting for a 24 hour period.
Do not set the battery on concrete, place the battery on wood to isolate it from the floor.
The noise you may be hearing could be a bad bearing in the alt and fiddling with the headlamp switch would be placing a load on the alt thus the bearing noise. Or a slipping belt due to the heavy load, discharged battery and accessory power demanded.
The fuel pump should hum for 2-3 seconds when the ign key is turned to IGN as controlled by the PCM. Fuel pump relay may need swapping out as the contacts may be burnt.
Spark plugs may need removed and dried out if wet with fuel. With cold coolant, the PCM will go into 'choke mode' and fuel like no tomorrow. If engine does not keep running, plugs become wet with fuel and will not work. You may need to hold pedal to the floor to clear out a flood condition.
Getting a Haynes manual will help with the Camaro, Amazon.com, RockAuto.com, or your local parts store.
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