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rrynders

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2003 GT won't start
« on: December 26, 2009, 03:53:14 PM »
Hey all:

Hope you had a Merry Christmas!!!  Mine was fine until I got up this morning to run some errands and tried to start my GT after setting for about a week.  It started right up, ran for maybe 20 seconds, then died and wouldn't restart.  It acted as though the starter bendix wouldn't engage the fly wheel, but didn't sound like that was the problem.  I did  smell something odd, perhaps electrical but thought it might have been the starter after several attempts at restarting, but no luck so I'm open to options.

Randy

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Re: 2003 GT won't start
« Reply #1 on: December 26, 2009, 04:24:50 PM »
Have you determined if it is fuel or electrical related?  Most likely if it started and ran for 20 seconds, then it is fuel related.  Make sure you are getting fuel flow.  Fuel filter?  Dirty MAF?

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Re: 2003 GT won't start
« Reply #2 on: December 26, 2009, 08:08:17 PM »
I hadn't really determined a fuel problem as it sounds like the starter is spooling up but isn't even turning the engine over. 

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Re: 2003 GT won't start
« Reply #3 on: December 27, 2009, 12:08:50 AM »
Then, take the starter out and have Autozone check it to see if the starter if FUBAR. 

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Re: 2003 GT won't start
« Reply #4 on: December 27, 2009, 09:29:00 AM »
Happy days:

Looks like water in the fuel!!  As I said, it had been setting for several days, it was cold and it had rained so the water, in suspension in the fuel, condensed and was sucked up by the pump.  Late last night I went out to check on some things and tried to start my car and it grudgingly fired over.  The exhaust smelled terrible but it was running.  Thanks for your help and have a Happy New Year.

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Re: 2003 GT won't start
« Reply #5 on: December 28, 2009, 06:28:18 PM »
I would drain that fuel tank and start with fresh fuel.  When these cars sit for a long time, they not only build up moisture in the tank, but the fuel goes bad as well. 

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Re: 2003 GT won't start
« Reply #6 on: December 28, 2009, 08:04:11 PM »
Fortunately there was very little fuel in the tank, which aggravated the problem, and I put some mid-grade in.   Thanks.

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Re: 2003 GT won't start
« Reply #7 on: December 29, 2009, 05:26:32 PM »
OK. Whevever you store it, make sure the tank is full to eliminate the possibility of moisture build up. 

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Re: 2003 GT won't start
« Reply #8 on: December 29, 2009, 08:31:37 PM »
Sure will.  Should have known earlier but didn't think it would have set for so long.  Thanks.

 

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