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Question DetailsAsked on 4/29/2017

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Changed the spark plugs and wires on my 1998 ford windstar 3.0 l motor and now car will not start. some one looked at it an i believe made it worst by moving the vacuum hoses on it. engine would start and not idle and now it just won't start at all.

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Swapping vacuum hoses around would have been a dump thing for a mechanic to do - or was this Cousin Bubba making his contribution. Sounds like some wire got disconnected and not reconnected - possibly coil wire for instance. With the harnesses modern plug wires have unlikely the plug wires got seriously botched - but get several out of place and it will not start. One wire swapped it might start but run nasty with backfiring and smoke, but maybe not on a V-6 - most of my experience is with 8's.

Sounds like this may have been a DIY job - I would first check that distributor cap is properly aligned and securely fastened on if it was removed, and that the coil lead wire (from it or from ignition module as applicable to that engine) is securely in place - if not connected well then NO plug would fire.

And of course firing sequence - google for the wiring diagram for your engine and make sure the right wires go to the right plug - when doing this sort of thing good idea only change one wire at a time at both ends, or at least leave one end connected on all wires and label all wires with tape with the cylinder number, then swap in the new wires one at a time.

Also - assuming the battery cable was disconnected during the work, did you clean the cable ends and the terminals before putting back on ? (Though if it cranks OK that would not be the problem.)

Answered 3 years ago by LCD



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