2002 Malibu died while driving, now wont start

Asked by Apr 05, 2017 at 11:23 AM about the 2002 Chevrolet Malibu Base

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I know you get this question a lot.
My sons car died while he was driving and wont start since. I'll just diarrhea
out every thing that could possibly be pertinent.
We replaced the motor about 5 months ago, He overheated the previous
one. We've had no problems since, purrs like a kitten(normally).
He said the Oil pressure light, water level light and battery light came on right
before or as it died. We tested voltage, jumped it and replaced battery with a
good one. All the pulleys turn when you start the car and it coughs the first
crank every so often, but other than that it doesn't sound like there is any
ignition.
As well, when you sniff at the vent right before the throttle body there is no
gas smell.(Not sure if that's  good test :) )  We confirmed spark on one
cylinder(ignition coil was tested as good at motor swap) and pressed the
bleed valve on the fuel rail and got a squirt of fuel. All fuses are good.
The theft light is on when the key is turned to on, but i don't know that that
isn't always that way, for example the battery light and oil light come on while
it sits there with the key on.

I thought it was gonna be a quick alternator swap, apparently not. Any
assistance appreciated. He is borrowing my car in the meantime :(

4 Answers

Also, we did try the theft reset thing. We turned it on for 10 and 15 minutes, then to start. no luck

So I tried the resistor trick and wired in a 10k resistor, which turned the theft light off. Still no luck on starting. Everything turns but no ignition.

we bought a new to us ignitions switch, passlock seems to be satisfied. We have narroed it down to the injectors. none of them are working. We were able to get a couple backfires off wd40, had no starter fluid, so i think everything is there except fuel once it turns over. We have 55psi at the fuel rail. Changed all the spark plugs, which were finished. Checked spark at 3 of 6 cylinders. The only thing we can determine is the injectors are not spraying fuel. Any help would be appreciated.

Have you tried turn car on to on don’t start .. keep it on till ur anti thief stops flashing .. should take up to 10 or more mins ... when it stops turn car off than turn car on should start after that

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