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Hello. I just finished doing the bodywork for my car after it had been sitting for awhile. Before I did the bodywork I did a full engine out service and the engine would start up and run beautifully. However after sitting for so long this time when I tried to start the car it started it ran very rough then it died out. I attempted to start it again but it would not start. Foolishly I may have flooded the engine so I just pushed it into the paint booth. A week later and I still don’t know what’s going on I pulled #5 plug to test for spark and sure enough it had spark and the spark plug had gas on it so I know it’s getting gas. The throttle body isn’t jammed and I checked everything I could think of. Am I missing something? Is it possible I fouled the plugs? Any help would be greatly appreciated thank you.
 

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Caleb, what's it like when you try turning it over? Could be an electrical issue.
It cranks over fine and strong but if I’m getting spark fuel and air why wouldn’t it start I mean my best guess is all 5 other plugs I didn’t check are fouled


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Have you put fresh fuel in? Or condensation in fuel lines, so it isn't getting the right amount of fuel needed to keep itself running. I had that in a Jeep with a similar problem.
 

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Have you put fresh fuel in? Or condensation in fuel lines, so it isn't getting the right amount of fuel needed to keep itself running. I had that in a Jeep with a similar problem.
Yes I put fresh fuel and it won’t even run for a little bit anymore it won’t start at all now after it stalled out


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Put new plugs in just to be safe. It should run on at least a few cylinders.

Leave the plugs out for a few minutes or a couple hours to let it dry out. That usually helps me in similar situations.
 

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Put new plugs in just to be safe. It should run on at least a few cylinders.

Leave the plugs out for a few minutes or a couple hours to let it dry out. That usually helps me in similar situations.
Okay I’ll give that a shot thank you


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Put new plugs in just to be safe. It should run on at least a few cylinders.

Leave the plugs out for a few minutes or a couple hours to let it dry out. That usually helps me in similar situations.

I pulled the plugs they look fouled to me what do you think. I read somewhere else on the forums that someone else fouled their plugs when they started their gtv6 up and it stalled


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Yes, it is flooded. Usually when the car acts like you described, I will unplug the cold start injector and open the throttle fully and start cranking.

I think the plugs look fine. Spray the tips with brake cleaner to get the residue off. Better yet, get new plugs, I recommend platinum, NGK platinum. Those look like NGK standards.
 

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Yes, it is flooded. Usually when the car acts like you described, I will unplug the cold start injector and open the throttle fully and start cranking.

I think the plugs look fine. Spray the tips with brake cleaner to get the residue off. Better yet, get new plugs, I recommend platinum, NGK platinum. Those look like NGK standards.
Okay I’ll give that a shot! Any fuses I should keep an eye on?


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If you have compressed air, use it on the plugs, after the brake clean.
I cleaned the plugs but I’m starting to think that the engine wasn’t flooded I think the thermo time switch wasn’t working and the timing might be wrong


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Don't overthink this yet. These engines do flood, and will not fire until the chambers are clear of the excess fuel. Used to happen at rare times with my two GTV6s. and the Milano. Do as suggested by others, and disconnect the cold start injector to try to start it.

Since you pulled the plugs, you could have run the starter a couple of times with them out to help clear the chambers with the cold start injector disconnected, and plugs out.

Do not try to start the engine with the gas pedal pushed open part way. This setup in both the GTV6 and Milano can backfire and blow the plenum off. Don't ask me how I know this, lol. These engines will start just fine with no gas pedal pushed, but can flood.
 

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It takes a FULL charge to work the computer..Try charging battery full and give it a shot
best of luck
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Unless the air temperature is less than about 45F where you are at, keep the CSI connector unplugged while you are going thru this effort.
 

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Unless the air temperature is less than about 45F where you are at, keep the CSI connector unplugged while you are going thru this effort.
I did and I did everything you guys said except charge the battery and it seems like it’s getting closer to starting now but it still won’t start maybe I need to let it sit longer


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I did and I did everything you guys said except charge the battery and it seems like it’s getting closer to starting now but it still won’t start maybe I need to let it sit longer


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It’s firing but it doesn’t want to keep running after I let go of the key


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