What causes gas gauge reading empty and car not start?

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This is a common malfunction that happens when the vehicle gas tank runs out of fuel.

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Why does my gas gauge always reads empty?

If your gauge reads FULL AT ALL TIMES: If the gauge now reads Empty, the trouble is either poor grounding of the sender or a bad sending unit.If the gauge still reads Full, touch a grounded test wire to the sending unit terminal on the back of the dash gauge.This terminal is often marked with a ...

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I have air in my gas tank and the gas gauge only reads full even when empty?

I hope you have air in the gas tank ... everyone does. The symptoms you describe may indicate a faulty gas cap. Heve it checked (tested) for functionality. Those sort of things wear out normally too, just like other things in your car.a gas cap can not be this problem the gas gauge gets it readin...

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What does it mean when your gas reads empty and the car stutters?

i have a 1993 dodge intrpid i just put gas in it and now its reading empty and the car is stuttering

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What would cause fuel gauge bad reading?

a couple of things could cause this. depends on what kind of car. the wires could some how be shorting out to the guage itself. the guage could b bad. if the fuel pump is in the tank you will have a floater in there that could be off or the pump itselfcould b bad. sometimes you can oil the needle...

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What causes the gas gauge not to work?

The fuel gauge is not working is usually caused by a bad fuse, or a bad float or sending unit.Try the fuse first.If the wire is broken, replace the fuse.If it is a bad float or sending unit, it is probably in the gas tank.

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How do you fix the fuel gauge and the temperature gauge on a 1990 Ford Ranger The fuel gauge sits just above empty until the truck is started then it drops below empty The temp gauge does not move at?

Try to see if there is a common ground wire to these 2 gauges. If there is make sure it is grounded to a clean dry grounding site and see if this helps.

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Why is my gas gauge reading wrong?

In a fuel tank, as the fuel level rises, the fuel sending unit float rises, and a variable resistor changes the resistance in the electrical current running to the gauge so it reads full.When the gauge is stuck at full, or always on zero, or some erratic and random reading, there's a fuel instrum...

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How do you read a gas gauge?

If the gas tank on a car holds 20 gallons of gas, and the gauge read "1/2", you have 10 gallons of gas.If your car gets 30 miles to the gallon, this means you can drive about 300 miles on a half tank of gas.Chefs measure recipes using 1/4 ounce, 1/2 tablespoon, 2 1/2 cups

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What causes a car not to start after getting gas?

While it was possible that the car had a leaking injector, that would not prevent it from starting after every fill up.The EVAP system is for fuel evaporation control.The most common EVAP problem occurs because drivers forget to put their gas caps back on after filling up.

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What causes car not to start after getting gas?

Most of the time, if your car suddenly will crank and not start after fueling, it is because of a failed fuel pump.The fuel pump in the fuel tank is kept cool with the fuel in the tank.If the fuel was very low, then the pump would get too hot and then when you add cool fuel into the tank that cau...

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What causes 1998 civic gauge to read over heating?

First off its a gauge not Gage and second the engine overheating would be the culprit their, genius.

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What would cause 1997 Acura 3.2 tl fuel gauge to drop rapidly to empty and car shut off Now car won't start.?

If you're certain that there is fuel in the tank, I'd suggest that you have a faulty connector and/or ground wire.

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Can a defective gas cap cause fuel gauge to read wrong fuel level?

No, but a defective fuel cap can set the "check engine" light to come on.

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Should fuel gauge still read when ignition is off or should the needle drop to empty?

Depends on the car.Most should drop to empty when the ignition is off but some cars stay in the same position, they are rare though. (Toyota crown, Isuzu panther)

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How do read a gas gauge to 1972 vw bug?

when the needle is all the way to the right(away from the red) the tank is fullthe closer the needle gets to the red the less gas you have

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Why does my gas gauge always read full?

If gauge reads EMPTY AT ALL TIMES: Disconnect wire from sending unit at tank.If gauge now reads Full, the trouble is in the sending unit.Disconnect sender terminal wire at dash gauge.If gauge now reads Full, the wire to the sending unit is shorted to ground.

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WhyFuel gauge reads over full when tank is not?

Chances are that the fuel level sensor that sits in the gas tank and registers the amount of fuel left is faulty. Either the sensor itself is bad, or the wiring/connectors leading up to it. An additional possible complication is that often times the fuel level sensor is often part of the fuel pum...

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What causes a car to just click and not start?

The starter won't crank If nothing happens when you turn the ignition key to the "Start" position, it means that the starter motor doesn't turn over the engine.Most commonly this could be caused by a dead battery; here is How to check the battery.The starter motor itself or a starter solenoid co...

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What causes a car to backfire and not start?

Engine backfires can be produced by a vacuum leak, bad timing, problems in the ignition system, a faulty sensor, an exhaust leak, or some other system fault.The backfire is produced when unburned fuel ignites inside the intake or exhaust manifold instead of a cylinder.

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What causes temp gauge to not work?

Of course, the most common reason for an unusual reading on your car's temperature gauge is a problem with engine temperature.However, there are other reasons, for example: A bad temperature sending unit (the second most common reason) A problem in the temperature gauge's electrical circuit.

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What causes dash gauges to not work?

When one gauge stops working, the problem may be in the gauge itself or a bad sensor, while all the gauges cutting out at the same time often indicates a blown fuse or a defective instrument cluster.If none of the gauges work at all, the problem may be a blown fuse or a defective instrument cluster.

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What would cause gauges on a car instrument panel to read erratically?

In drivng a jacked up truck, my gauges very seldom read right. For one, if you have a lifted or lowered car or truck, the gausges are going to be slightly off. 2. your alternador may be going bad or have a loose battery wire.

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What causes gas gauge to stop working?

The most common gauge problems are either a bad ground at the tank, or a sender problem.If you DO have 12 volts to the fuel gauge, the next step is to remove the fuel sending unit wire, and, with the ignition key “on”, ground the sender wire to a good chassis ground.The fuel gauge should immediat...

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What causes the gas gauge to malfunction?

Sending Unit Failure is the most-common cause of a gas gauge not working.The gas gauge might interpret voltage feedback from a dead sender as FULL or EMPTY, consequently pegging the gauge no matter the actual fuel level.Circuit Problems can cause the gas gauge to stop functioning normally.

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What causes a car to not start and start when it wants to?

Car battery might be very cold in cold weathers and it will have hard time starting or maybe you have a big truck with small battery you need enough cranking amps to get car started specially if its cold out you might want extra. Also maybe you changed the fuel filters and you need to prime syste...

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Why is my gas gauge not working?

The most common gauge problems are either a bad ground at the tank, or a sender problem.If you DO have 12 volts to the fuel gauge, the next step is to remove the fuel sending unit wire, and, with the ignition key “on”, ground the sender wire to a good chassis ground.The fuel gauge should immediat...

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What causes a car not to start?

If it does nothing at all when you stick the key in..it could be the battery is totally dead. If there is a "clunk" sound when you turn the key..it has to do with the starter, solenoid, or related to the starting area. It could be the battery still (not charged enough to start the car). Turn on y...

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What would cause car not to start?

No fuelNo sparkNo compressionFloodedDead batteryBad starterLoose/dirty battery connectionsBroken timing beltWater in fuel

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What causes a car to not start?

Car still won't start? Dead battery. A dead battery is the most common reason why a car won't start. Battery corrosion. Corrosion on your battery can spell trouble. Bad starter motor. Bad timing belt. Broken or cracked distributor cap. Bad ignition coil. Clogged fuel filter.

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What should my oil pressure gauge read?

Mid-Range is Best Check the specifications for the exact make and model engine for your vehicle to determine the correct oil pressure operating range in pounds per square inch.Gauges that register in PSI, usually range from 0 to 100 and the normal zone on these is between 20 and 80 PSI.

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What should the temperature gauge read in your car?

Ideally, your engine's temperature should fall somewhere in between 195 to 220 degrees.If your engine is operating normally, the needle will be near the center of the gauge.This doesn't mean it will sit directly in the middle—becoming familiar with what reading is “normal” for your vehicle is key!

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What would cause the gas gauge to stop working?

Circuit Problems can cause the gas gauge to stop functioning normally.Depending on the location of the fault, the fuel sender may not have a source voltage, the gas gauge may have no fuel sender voltage, or the ground for either one may be interrupted.Gas Gauge Failure is less common, but still a...

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Your 2001 montecarlo temperature gauge reads the car is over heating but car is not what could it be?

there is actually a temperature control sensor either on the rear of the block or some cases on the coolant fan itself. this is usually the problem

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My temperature gauge on the dash is not reading what can the problem be?

If its only the temp gauge there could be a few factors. I had an '01 Impala 3.4. Once the code came up for the temp sensor. Changed it. Then the fans stayed on after engine shut off. Changed the relays. Then the temp gauge acted erractically. Belive it or not, I changed the thermostat, and blead...

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What should my oil gauge read?

Oil pressure gauge reading too low, generally below 15 to 20 PSI while idling.Cold weather can also make the oil pressure read low until the oil pump has had a chance to deliver the oil to the engine.Oil pressure gauge reading too high, or over 80 PSI while driving, especially at higher RPMs.

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What is normal temperature gauge reading in a car?

Ideally, your engine's temperature should fall somewhere in between 195 to 220 degrees.If your engine is operating normally, the needle will be near the center of the gauge.This doesn't mean it will sit directly in the middle—becoming familiar with what reading is “normal” for your vehicle is key!

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What should my AC gauges read?

For a low pressure gauge, a reading of 25 pounds per square inch (psi)to 40 psi is optimum.On the other hand, a high pressure gauge should read between 225 psi and 250 psi.

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What causes a fuel gauge not to work?

Sending Unit Failure is the most-common cause of a gas gauge not working.The gas gauge might interpret voltage feedback from a dead sender as FULL or EMPTY, consequently pegging the gauge no matter the actual fuel level.Circuit Problems can cause the gas gauge to stop functioning normally.

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What causes the fuel gauge not to work?

The fuel gauge is not working is usually caused by a bad fuse, or a bad float or sending unit.Try the fuse first.If the wire is broken, replace the fuse.If it is a bad float or sending unit, it is probably in the gas tank.

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Why does your gas gauge keep going to empty after you filled it?

It sounds like you have a fuel sender problem. Without more info it is hard to say but they are usually accessed on top of the fuel tank and are part of the fuel pump assembly.

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What causes your gas gauge to stop working?

The most common gauge problems are either a bad ground at the tank, or a sender problem.If you DO have 12 volts to the fuel gauge, the next step is to remove the fuel sending unit wire, and, with the ignition key “on”, ground the sender wire to a good chassis ground.The fuel gauge should immediat...

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What would cause my temperature gauge not to work?

Of course, the most common reason for an unusual reading on your car's temperature gauge is a problem with engine temperature.However, there are other reasons, for example: A bad temperature sending unit (the second most common reason) A problem in the temperature gauge's electrical circuit.

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What fuse will cause the gauges to not move?

Check your owners manual. It tells you what each of your fuses goes to depending on the vehicle.

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What causes the fuel gauge to not work?

Sending Unit Failure is the most-common cause of a gas gauge not working.The gas gauge might interpret voltage feedback from a dead sender as FULL or EMPTY, consequently pegging the gauge no matter the actual fuel level.Circuit Problems can cause the gas gauge to stop functioning normally.

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What would be the cause of antifreeze leaking and the temperature gauge rising but the car does not over heat?

No coolant, temperature rising a fact!! Are you certain you are loosing anti freeze? Simple fact, if you are loosing coolant you will experience overheating. You will have blown head gaskets or a complete engine failure. You must be catching it before it gets this far. The cause could be from a l...

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Car is cranking did not start and you smell gas What is wrong?

I'm extremely sorry that I can't answer this, but i recommend you take the car to a garage, somehow.

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Your gas gauge reads one fourth even though it has three fourth of a tank.?

Possible a defective sending gauge or float inside the tank.

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Car is cranking did not start and you smell gas What's wrong?

Simple your not getting spark from the spark plugs. i recomend getting someone that knows how to check for spark because there is a lot of items you have to check.

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What would cause a car to stall and not start back up?

A faulty fuel pump or incorrect timing can cause this.If the engine is over-fuelling, that can cause it to stall.More commonly known as flooding, over-fuelling wets the spark plugs and they aren't able to ignite the fuel in the cylinder.It causes a misfire that can cause the engine to stall.

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What causes a 1993 2200 truck not to start and not to have spark?

First make sure that the battery terminals are clean,also the negative ground cable going to the fender is clean,and at the subframe (passenger side) to the block.I would suggest removing the cable and sand these areas and reinstall.Now if the battery is fully charged,and the alternator is workin...

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What causes a car not to get gas while driving?

Any of these or any 2 of these or all at once. 1) You run out of gas or fuel. 2) A pipe leak from the tank. 3) The fuel pump stops working because of a blockage or mechanical failure.

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Why is your 2002 rodeo Isuzu gas gauge showing empty when there is still gas in the tank?

More than likely the fuel gauge sending unit located in the fuel tank is faulty.

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What could cause your car to not start and have no other sounds?

it depends on the year of the car, but on some older American models there is a relay switch (about a $3.00 part) that goes out and makes the car appear "dead". most back yard mechanics will insist it's the battery or alternator, but if your car has a relay switch I would spend the couple of buck...

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What would cause a car to die and not start again?

The main causes of a died in flight are a bad alternator and dead battery, a loss fuel, a loss spark, a loss fuel and spark, or a loss of compression.One common problem is a dead battery due to a bad alternator.If the car turns over very slowly, you most likely have a dead battery.

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Could a fuse cause a fuel gauge to read full all the time?

No. A fuse is there to protect the circuit from overload or short.You will probably have to replace the fuel sending unit. Before doing that, ensure that the fuel tank breather is clear... it's not likely the reason it's always showing full, but sometimes strange things happen. If that doesn't do...

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Can bad coil cause car not start?

Car is not starting A faulty ignition coil can also lead to a no-start condition.For vehicles that use a single ignition coil as the source of spark for all of the cylinders, a faulty coil will affect the operation of the entire engine.

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Can ecm in 1997 Nissan Altima cause car to not start and lights and horn not to work?

Crank but not start and run, possible. Not to crank, start or run, no. No lights or horn, no.

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Will low oil cause car not start?

Seized Engine Low oil levels can cause the engine to seize, or not turn over.Not only can low only levels cause a car to not start, but it can also damage the engine.

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What fuse would cause my car not to start?

A blown fuse in the starter circuit could be the cause of a no-start problem.Broken or corroded wiring - Damaged or dirty wires to the battery or to the starter solenoid (or wires that are loose) can prevent sufficient power from reaching the starter.

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What causes my car to not start right away?

The first is likely a battery or a starter issue.Most likely you are referring to the second option.If the vehicle cranks without starting, then you have a fuel or spark issue.If the fuel pump is not functioning at its best, it may need a moment to prime before the vehicle starts.

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What would cause my car to not start right away?

If you are having engine problems, these are the first places you should look! Dead Battery. A dead battery is the most common reason why engines fail to start up. Clogged Fuel Filter. Another common issue that creeps up on older cars is a clogged fuel filter. Ignition chamber failures. St...

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What could cause a car to not stay started?

When you say not start, do you mean doesn't crank or does nothing when the key is turned? BClear. There are several things; let me start with some simple ideas. First, always describe the details associated w a problem: The smells, the sounds, the circumstances (only in cold wx, only w the AC on,...

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What would cause the car not to start?

Is this Supposed to be Helpful, You should kept your remark to yourself.Ignore these useless answers, I might have some suggestions, Check the battery voltage, and if the terminals tight/clean, make sure the car has gas, Check to see if you have spark. Past this point, things get complicated.

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What causes a car to turnover but not start?

A less common cause is a worn starter that draws so many amps while cranking the engine that there's not enough juice left to adequately power the ignition system and fuel injectors.Contributing factors might be a weak battery and/or loose or corroded battery cables.The problem is either fuel or ...

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What causes a motorcycle not to start?

Spark.Poor starting is often caused by a dirty or faulty spark plug, particularly on older 2-strokes.As this is one of the easiest checks, the mechanic should remove the plug and carry out a spark test by laying the plug onto the cylinder head then turning the engine over with the ignition on.

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What would cause your car to not start?

if the battery isn't dead, or the terminals loose or dirty, number one cause - ignition problem (spark plugs not getting electricity)

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What will cause a car not to start?

This question is way too broad in range. What does the car do, sounds, possible smells, or anything that the car usually doesn't do except not start.

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What fuse can cause a car not to start?

Check every fuse in the box. Also make sure you didn't pull out any wires.I am not familiar with many cars but there may be some fuses on the firewall under the hood. Check those too.

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What are the all the possible causes for an 1985 Toyota le van electronic fuel injection not getting gas to the injectors and so not starting?

Faulty fuel pump, fuel pump relay or fuse, fuel filter, connectors or possibly even something else... who knows what without first checking?

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What causes a car not to start on first try?

Faulty starter A broken starter is another common reason your car won't start.A starter is an electrical motor that is connected to the battery.If the starter goes bad, the engine will not crank properly or may not crank at all when you turn the ignition key on.

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What could causes your car not to stay started?

There are lots of things that could cause this, fuel problems, coil problems (ignition or pickup), spark plugs, plug wires, distributor, distributor cap, rotary button, catalytic converter, oxygen sensors, air intake, timing, wiring, map sensor, fuse or relay, fuel filter, fuel pump, injectors or...

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What should the pressure gauge read for your auto?

Need to know which pressure you refer to, fuel, radiator cap, tires, evap, ac, cylinder compression, transmission?

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How do you fix the gas gauge on a 1988 Nissan 200sx you have the float you just bought the car and the gauge does not work?

check the wiering /our your sending unit no good

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What is a normal reading on an oil gauge?

depends on what you have, what year, if it's built, etc. normal is between 7 and maybe 15-20. built it'll be more.

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What can cause generator not to start?

Top Nine Reasons Generators Fail to Start Battery failure. The single most frequent service call for generator failure is related to battery failure. Low coolant levels. Low coolant temp alarms. Oil, fuel, or coolant leaks. Controls not in auto. Air in the fuel system. Ran out of fuel. ...

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What can cause engine not to start?

Car Won't Start, What's The Cause Dead Battery. A dead battery is the most common reason why engines fail to start up. Clogged Fuel Filter. Another common issue that creeps up on older cars is a clogged fuel filter. Ignition chamber failures. Starter Failure.

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What causes an engine not to start?

Common Causes of Car Engine Crank But Won't Start Lack of Sparks. Lack of spark might be because of a damaged ignition module, a faulty crank position sensor, or a problem in the ignition circuit, such as the wiring, antitheft system, or a malfunctioning ignition switch.Lack of fuel. Low com...

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Why does gas get inthe oil of a car engine and will not start?

If it is an older vehicle with a mechanical fuel pump-- diaphram could be torn allowing gas to be pumped directly into engine

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When i warmed up the car the temp gauge read warm but no heat was coming out and it started to smoke?

Check you've got water in the cooling system.

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What causes a car to hesitate to start and then stalls whether in motion and not in motion?

You provide limited information but at first glance it sounds like a problem with engine timing (perhaps spark plugs). I would take the car to a mechanic for diagnosis.

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Why would a 2003 ford focus stn run well but the heat and gas gauges and speedometer are not working.?

The power or ground connections to the instrument cluster could be bad. Check the fuses, then the wiring to the dash to find a common problem for the heat, gauges and speedometer.

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Will a bad crankshaft sensor cause a car to quit running and not start back up?

Yep. That is why I quit buying Chevys. I had three go bad in one year on a Grand Am. The towing company knew me by voice.

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What will make a gauge not work and then work?

The sending unit may be faulty. The year, make, model and which gauge would help.

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Eb falcon 1993 fuel gauge shows full then drops to empty and wont work?

check your ground wire to the gauge

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What causes high SWR reading?

Short.The most common cause of a high SWR is an antenna shorted to ground.There are two places a short can occur in a CB antenna system, in the coax and in the antenna stud.

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What causes high CO readings?

Possible Causes of High Hydrocarbon (HC) Emissions Lean or Rich Air-Fuel Ratio. Inadequate Catalytic Converter Efficiency. Induction System Problems. Poor Ignition Performance. Uneven Output Among the Engine's Cylinders. Possible Causes of High Carbon Monoxide (CO) Emissions. Excessive ...

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What causes a temperature gauge to read very little when we know it should be up to temp and have very good heat?

I would verify the coolant temp with an infrared temp gun. Point the gun at the thermostat housing when engine is running and fully warmed up. It should be in the 195 degree F zone. If so then I would suspect a faulty temp gauge sending unit. If the temp doesn't reach 195 degrees F with the gun, ...

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What could cause a 1993 Grand Prix LE to stall and not start again?

It would help knowing a little more about what's going on, Have you put an in line pressure tester on your fuel system to make sure you are still getting proper fuel? Most often in these situations faulty fuel pumps can be the problem. You can also put a tester on one of your spark plugs after re...

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Will a car not start if low on gas?

In addition to overheating and prematurely wearing out the pump, running a car low on fuel tends to pull up the sediment that normally sits at the bottom of the tank.Once the fuel filter is clogged, sufficient fuel will no longer get to the engine, and your car won't run.

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What causes security system to kick in causing car not to start?

You may have a faulty fuse or wires that are touching, which triggers the system. You will need to have your car professionally diagnosed to be certain.

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Why is fuel gauge not lighted up when car is started?

bulbs in the gauge/cluster out also everyone should have a manual for their vehicle, and a professional shop manual should be available at the library in the reference section--you can make copies of the necessary information...good luck :)

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Will a car not start if it has no gas?

A clogged fuel filter won't allow the fuel to pass in high enough quantities to be able to get to the engine to run.The fuel pump can also fail, meaning there is no way for the car to pump gas to the engine.If your vehicle fails to start don't just let it sit, as the problem may only get worse.

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Can the oxygen sensor cause the car not to start?

no it can't. usually when the oxygen sensors are failing, u get your check engine light on.

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Can a relay cause a car not to start?

2.Car not starting.Another symptom of a faulty ignition relay is a no power condition.You may find that turning the key may power on the accessories, and may even crank the engine, however the vehicle will not start due to there not being any power directed to the fuel and ignition system.

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Can spark plugs cause a car not to start?

Yes, it can.If the spark plugs are bad and not firing the spark as they should the fuel/oxygen mix can be very hard to get to ignite.So the answer to your question is yes bad spark plugs can make a car not start.However, that is not the only cause a car might not start.

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Gas gauge on 1989 Town car does not work any suggestions?

I am not sure if Lincoln used an electrical fuel guage for that year or a float and feed wire in the tank, but if it is electrical, you will have to take it to an automotive electrical technician to have it fixed. If it is not electrical then the float in your gas tank may be stuck, or the cable ...

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Will bad coil packs cause your car not to start?

yes it will because that controls the fireing off the car and if the bad they will not fire and it will not start

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Would a catalytic converter cause your car not to start?

If the cat was totally blocked, the engine may start and run briefly for a few seconds. If the cat was partially blocked the engine would run but lack serious power.

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Would a faulty crankshaft cause your car to not start?

Only if it was broke in half and that is very doubtful.

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Can loose wires cause a car battery not to start?

Certainly, a loose wire on the car battery can cause the car not to start.

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