Car not starting?

The car produces spark and almost turns over, it ignites and then goes back to just cranking, I've tried jump starting but that has not helped, the fuel is a little under a quarter tank. 1988 Chrysler lebaron

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  • Bort
    Lv 6
    2 months ago
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    If it's turning over and definitely has spark in all cylinders the only thing left that it could be is it's not getting fuel. Pull the fuel line off and see if anything comes out. Tap the key on (just power, don't try to crank it, that will start the fuel pump and something should come out of the line). You should hear the fuel pump. If you don't hear a quick bzzzzdt when you turn the key to the power position (might have to be right at the fuel tank to hear it) and there's nothing coming out of the fuel line at the engine there's a fuel filter somewhere between the tank and engine that could be blocked that needs replaced.

    Check it or have it checked. I wouldn't suggest just replacing everything in the fuel system so 'it's new. it should work.'. It might just be one, cheap, thing that's easy to fix/replace (fuel filter).

    A fuel pump is a pain in the butt to replace. It's in the gas tank so the gas tank has to come out.

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Always blame the battery.  Figure 5 years/battery  So 88 to 98 is 2 batteries(factory and 1 replacement.  To 2008=2 more and it is 2019 meaning 2 more since 2008 and it is at the end of it life cycle.    USUALLY THE SIMPLEST PROBLEM IS THE SOLUTION.  You hear Cryco's when they start...they wail so they are sucking battery juice.    Car sounds like it could use a tune up too.

    45+yr mechanic. (it is heading into winter aka the time the battery gives up the ghost.)

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  • Daniel
    Lv 5
    2 months ago

    The car has to have 3 things to run fuel air and spark

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  • 2 months ago

    Turning over and cranking are the same thing. If the motor cranks you need to check the fuel pump pressure.

    If you don't have a fuel pressure gauge take the air cleaner tube off of the throttle body and shot a short blast of starting fluid into the throttle body and then try starting the motor. If the motor starts and runs for a few seconds you need a fuel pump.

    Source(s): Mitsubishi Master Tech
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  • 2 months ago

    Check it with the mechanic too!

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  • 2 months ago

    sounds like it needs a tune- up

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Have someone kick the tank or hit it with a rubber mallet while cranking.  Car starts, fuel pump is shot.  Confirm with a fuel pressure gauge while cranking.

  • 2 months ago

    Buy starter spray fluid from an auto parts store and spray it directly into the air intake.

    • John
      Lv 5
      2 months agoReport

      That may very well blow out the head gasket.

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