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GA16DE 1.6L Engine Engine Discussion: 91-99 Sentra, 95-98 200SX, 91-93 NX1600

 
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post #1 of 6 Old Dec 11th, 2005, 10:39 AM Thread Starter
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Replaced Thermostat--Now Car Won't Start

I just replaced the thermostat on my 92 Sentra (GA16DE engine)--not exactly the easiest component to get to... Anyway, now when I try to start the car, the engine cranks but won't start. It seems like it wants too, but never quite "catches".

First, the thermostat I installed (Stant Superstat P/N#45758, the part recommended by Advance Auto) did not have an air bleed valve like the OEM part.

Second, I'm not sure I did a good job bleeding the system when I refilled the coolant.

So, is it likely that one of the above is the source of the problem?

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I just replaced the thermostat on my 92 Sentra (GA16DE engine)--not exactly the easiest component to get to... Anyway, now when I try to start the car, the engine cranks but won't start. It seems like it wants too, but never quite "catches".

First, the thermostat I installed (Stant Superstat P/N#45758, the part recommended by Advance Auto) did not have an air bleed valve like the OEM part.

Second, I'm not sure I did a good job bleeding the system when I refilled the coolant.

So, is it likely that one of the above is the source of the problem?

Thanks.
TJS

No neither matters. You can start a car without coolant and it will run.... There are two small grounds on or near the thermostat housing, did you remember to hook those back up?

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Thanks, Wes. No disconnected ground wires and car still won't start.

B.t.w. I had disconnected the wiring harness for the temperature sensor on the thermostat housing, but I reconnected it (double checked). I don't see any other wires connecting to the housing. I checked to make sure there were no loose wires in the vicinity as well.

Is it time to call a repair shop?

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First things first..... Pull a Spark plug.. More than likely it'll be soaked in GAS. If so pull the other 3. More than Likely the Engine Flooded. If your plugs are wet... Take them all out, Pull the Fuel Pump fuse, and turn the engine over a couple times. Reinstall plugs, and Fuse.

BEFORE Turning the switch on, Push and hold the Acclerator to the Floor, Crank the engine while still holding the pedal down. Once it fires you should be able to keep it runnung and it'll clear up after a Minute or 2.

As some of us know the GA16DE has problems with flooding itself ocassionally. Ive had them do it a couple times after a thermostat repair. Possibly from an air pocket by the CTS??? You can try doing the Second part without pulling the plugs first, Sometimes it'll work.

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First things first..... Pull a Spark plug.. More than likely it'll be soaked in GAS. If so pull the other 3. More than Likely the Engine Flooded. If your plugs are wet... Take them all out, Pull the Fuel Pump fuse, and turn the engine over a couple times. Reinstall plugs, and Fuse.

BEFORE Turning the switch on, Push and hold the Acclerator to the Floor, Crank the engine while still holding the pedal down. Once it fires you should be able to keep it runnung and it'll clear up after a Minute or 2.

As some of us know the GA16DE has problems with flooding itself ocassionally. Ive had them do it a couple times after a thermostat repair. Possibly from an air pocket by the CTS??? You can try doing the Second part without pulling the plugs first, Sometimes it'll work.
Good advice....im actually gonna write that down...

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First things first..... Pull a Spark plug.. More than likely it'll be soaked in GAS. If so pull the other 3. More than Likely the Engine Flooded. If your plugs are wet... Take them all out, Pull the Fuel Pump fuse, and turn the engine over a couple times. Reinstall plugs, and Fuse.

BEFORE Turning the switch on, Push and hold the Acclerator to the Floor, Crank the engine while still holding the pedal down. Once it fires you should be able to keep it runnung and it'll clear up after a Minute or 2.

As some of us know the GA16DE has problems with flooding itself ocassionally. Ive had them do it a couple times after a thermostat repair. Possibly from an air pocket by the CTS??? You can try doing the Second part without pulling the plugs first, Sometimes it'll work.
I finally got back to the car yesterday. When I went to pull the plugs I found corrosion on the connectors of two plug wires. Replaced all 4 plugs & wires--voila it started like a champ. Thank you very much for the assist!

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