Originally Posted by boywonder
Steve: It should be simple enough to determine if the engine is turning over when someone turns the ignition key.....pop the hood and take a look.....otherwise we are all guessing...belt moving..accessories turning....
Basic troubleshooting usually involves eliminating things that the problem isn't. If the engine is turning over it's not the start bendix. If it's not turning over then it might be........if the starter motor is spinning than it likely is.
Well... I had a physical limitation being only a single body. A little bit of a stretch to reach the ignition and see into the engine at the same time with my flabby little 5' 8" frame.
However, despite me being a loser with no available friends... I managed to corral my neighbor who knows a bit more than me (which means, he knows where the starter is) and was able to determine that the engine is turning over fine - belts and fans spinning happily, but not catching.
We moved it a little bit and tapped the starter hoping to loosen some recalcitrant widget / gizmo / brexit / bendix / spandex thingy, but no joy.
I am still not convinced that the thing is getting fuel. There is no apparent noise from anywhere close to where the fuel pump is. Just the starter whirring away.
Apparently there is only one shop in town that anyone I know from work will consider going to, so at least I have those options narrowed down. I doubt there is anything my sorry arse can do at this point.
Hell... I even tried a blood sacrifice skinning my knuckles putting the air intake back on (checked since I had the hood open anyway). Even that didn't appease the engine gods. Dammit.