A couple days ago, a girl came by wanting a hot shot.
Her car wouldn't start, even with the jump, and even though, at least
with my car connected, it was turning over plenty fast. I pointed
out to her that it was probably a different problem, but she kept
thinking it was her battery (It turned out that the previous day, it
wouldn't start, but it started right up when she got a jump, so this
must have fixed in her mind that it was the battery.)
She had a distrubutorless ignition in her Honda, and I had some big
nails in my pocket, so I took out one of the spark plug wires and put
the head of the nail in the hole, and held the wire connector within
3/16" of nail, but there was no spark. Shouldn't there have been one?
Does the galvanizing on the nail have any effect on that?
A guy who was redoing a bathroom for a neighbor came by. When he saw
the problem, he went to his car and came back with a code reader. But
first he was trying to get the fuel line off to see if there was fuel.
I went back to my house to get him a screwdriver, but by the time I
got back he was on the ground under the back of the car pounding on
the gas tank.
And the car started right up, and ran, and started two more times.
So it seems the fuel pump was causing the problem and pounding on the
tank can free it up, at least for a while. Something very good to