I just bought a 81 honda accord from a guy who said he just put a new headgasket on and now the car will turn over but wont start..the guy said the car ran before he installed the gasket..where do i start to figure out the problem..thanks
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Is it cranking but not starting? Are you getting fuel?, Is there spark @ the spark plugs? etc. A little more info would be helpful so we dont start you down on troubleshooting path and miss something else entirely.
The car does crank over, there is spark at the plugs,(but it dosent seem like a strong spark). i dont know if there is fuel getting to the combution chamber, (i dont know how to check for this). Dont know if timing is right. i dont know where to start..Thanks for any tips.
I think you should start by doing a compression check.
when I do the compression test, what would be a normal reading for each cylinder?
I'm not sure. You might be able to get that info from a dealer. Being an '81 may make that difficult though :ohcrap:
I don't have the specs on a Honda but I would guess 130 - 150 psig with the cylinders being within 15% of each other
Since were guessing here, I'm going to say between 110 and 120. I like it to be within 10% but 15% is max.
true for an 81. My daughters 99 Nissan specs are in the 135-150 psig range