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So Sunday it was raining pretty good and I had to drive about 50miles to meet somebody. I started the car, idled just perfectly. Real mild acceleration was just fine. Pull out on to the main road and it just sputtered and held the RPM, the RPM's would not BUDGE. I let off the throttle and it continues idling just fine. Anything above 1/3 throttle and it would sputter and hold the RPM's right where they were at until I let off the gas.
So I pulled in to a gas station about 15 miles along the way and fill it up, thinking there could be moisture in the fuel tank. I fill it up, and it will not start. It turns over, the engine rotates, but it wouldn't start. I didn't have time to look at it in the pouring rain to my GF picked me up and I had to drive my T-bird (a little too powerful for rainy weather, not to mention 12mpg) to make the meeting.
So I got it towed back home tonight. I figured it was the fuel pump. I connect the wires in the diagnostic port and turn the key forward, and I can feel fuel moving through the fuel line. I disconnected the line after the filter to make sure. Yep, soaked my glove in fuel LOL. I took off a spark plug wire and stuck an old spark plug in it, and rested it against the windshield wiper (so I can see it from inside the car) and crank the engine over, yep, getting spark. It was a yellow spark, not white or blue, but it sparked. This could be due to grounding against the wiper arm, or that I was using an old spark plug that wasn't top notch in the first place. So I've got spark and fuel flow. I don't have a fuel pressure tester, so I don't know the fuel pressure, but it should at least idle, or even TRY to start. It only turns over. I can tell the cylinders are compressing, so I know the timing belt is okay. I sprayed in starting fluid through the throttle body, and it didn't change anything, so I don't think it's the injector pulse (EEC). I ohmed the primary and secondary side of the ignition coil. Primary should ohm .5-.7. It ohmed .97. Would this be out of spec? The secondary side ohmed 23kilohms, manual specifies 20-31kilohms.
So long shorty short: Car only turns over, no chugging or anything. Will not even attempt to start.
-Getting good fuel flow, unsure of pressure though.
-getting spark, yellow spark, not white or blue.
-timing belt okay.
-ohmed ignition coil, primary specifies .5-.7 ohms, mine ohmed .97. secondary specifies 20-31kilohms, mine ohmed 23kilohms.
Only thing I can think of is the distributor (please no, they're expensive!) or the EEC, but the starting fluid didn't change anything, so Id assume the injectors are pulsing fine. I can get a noid light tomorrow to double check that though. Shop's closed right now.
Any help would be more helpful than you'll ever know. I have to drive 400mi round trip Saturday to see my brother before he leaves for Iraq.