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Bremjds (aka: Novice)

Bremjd ... 3/18/2014

2000 Mercury Mystique GS 4 Cyl 2.00L

Engine

How to clean a fuel system on a vehicle that won't start.

The car wasn't going to be used for about 4 months. The first couple, I went out, started it, let it run a couple of minutes. Then, because it didn't have much gas left, I did not start it the next 2 months. When I did finally go back out, I turned the key and it fired right up. 30 seconds later it died. I tried and tried to restart it but it just wouldn't turn over. Someone suggested condensation in the fuel system. Help. How do I fix it? Gonna have to do the work myself. I'm part time employed. Limited income. Thanks in advance. Signed: Novice (but quick). P.S. No freezing temps or snow here this year. We're Western Washington. Lots of rain & 30's here this year. Thanks again for any help you can offer.

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HouseCallAuto

HouseCallAuto 3/18/2014

Its not the fuel system so skip that, You need to buy this code reader >> http://www.amazon.com/.../ref=sr_1_1 and plug it in and check for what fault codes might be stored. This step cannot be skipped. Reading the codes takes 2 minutes with no experience needed. Post the codes here when you update this same post. If no codes state that you checked and no codes.

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HouseCallAuto

Have only one code. P0340. I had it checked about a year ago. Mechanic said it was just a bad sensor. Car has always driven fine (and started) until I forgot to start it regularly.

HouseCallAuto

HouseCallAuto 3/19/2014

The code P0340 was a year ago. What about possible codes now? You can't just know you only have one code and besides, a bad cam sensor can cause you a no start as well.

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HouseCallAuto

My apologies. I was too brief in my response. I did go & get a current status using my "INNOVA 3100e" OBD2 diagnostic tool. The current & only code was P0340. It's the same code I've had for over a year. From time to time during the past year I would double check to make sure it was the only code present then I would clear it. UPDATE: Today has been warmer and sunny. I tried to start her. She ran for a second or two then died again. P.S. Thanks for your patience & assistance.

HouseCallAuto

HouseCallAuto 3/19/2014

You must check the timing belt alignment and if it is off a few teeth or even one tooth, replace the timing belt. This is probably why you have a P0340 code. It is possible the belt jumped further now and that could be the cause of the start and stall.

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HouseCallAuto

Want to thank you for your help & give closure to this question. I ended up having to sell the car for scrap. Landlord didn't want any car repairs being done on the property & the mechanics wanted between $500 - $600. Which I couldn't afford. Thank you for being out there & doing what you do. Helping people. God Bless you & yours always.

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