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Old 11-21-2010, 02:49   #1 (permalink)
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Start up problems with 2000 ZX2 (possible fuel issue) [fixed]

Long story short, I got the ZX2 not running from a family member. The car only has 56k miles on it, and I have checked all belts to make sure they are fine. The car also has not been started in about 3-4 years.

Now, when I go to crank the engine, the starter motor tries to turn over the car, but I get nothing. I did check the fuel shut off switch and metered it for voltage (was showing 11V), and tried to jump the switch by putting a bit of wire from the only two pins that were giving me a full circuit. Doing this didn't give me any results. Due to lack of time tonight, I was unable to meter my fuel pump, but that is my next thing I'm looking at doing.

From my previous knowledge on working with cars, it really sounds like I'm getting no fuel to the engine. I can hear the injectors too prior to starting the car.

What I wanted to know is if jumping the shut off switch would run the fuel pressure needed in order to start the engine up, and also how audible is the fuel pump? Also, is the switch on the fuel shut off supposed to be stuck in (what I am assuming) is the depresses position?

To be honest, I have only worked on older cars with very minimal in terms of electrical systems (81 280ZX and a 95 Civic), so this is a bit new to me... and this is also my first domestic car.

Any help is greatly appreciated!
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Old 11-21-2010, 08:01   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Start up problems with 2000 ZX2 (possible fuel issue)

The fuel pump should turn on for a few seconds every time the key is turned to run. You can do that repeatedly to listen for it. They aren't very loud but you can hear them. The button is supposed to be in. After setting that long, the pump is probably froze up. You can try to get it working again by having someone turn the key to run several times while you bang the tank with something. If the pump does run, the fuel may have lost it's octane and won't run the engine.
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Old 11-21-2010, 09:06   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Start up problems with 2000 ZX2 (possible fuel issue)

If the car has not ran in over or 3-4 years , it would be a good idea to turn engine over by hand a good few times . If it's not turning over as you say , the battery will probably be useless and starter could also be dragging .Then it's a case of checking basics , spark , fuel (note Bert's comment ), compression .
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Re: Start up problems with 2000 ZX2 (possible fuel issue)

Well, I found the problem. The gas had eaten away at the gas tank so bad that all the deposits were jammed inside the pump. The fuel was a dark amber color and it smelled like pain thinner. You don't even want to know the condition of the fuel pump.

I guess the reason why I didn't figure it was going to be this issue was I've never worked with an in tank fuel pump before, and didnt think that the deposits like that would have destroyed it so bad, since my 280ZX started up with the old gas in it after sitting for 2+ years.

Anyways, problem solved, and my new fuel pump is on its way.

Thanks again for the help.
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The longer fuel sets, the worse it gets. Keep us posted on how thing go. I'm sure you're replacing the filter too.
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The longer fuel sets, the worse it gets. Keep us posted on how thing go. I'm sure you're replacing the filter too.
I'm replacing the fuel filter for good measure as well, even though the gas that came out of there smelled and looked fine. Also on the list of things to handle is dropping the fuel tank and getting it boiled out... just to get rid of any deposits that may go back and plug up this new fuel pump I got.
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That's a good idea. Better than wishing you did later.
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