Thank you in advance for any help provided. There is a wealth of
I just spent 2 days helping a buddy change the head in his 2002 Grand
Am (2.2L). First overhead cam motor (dual at that) I had done.
Everything on that car seems difficult, but we made it. The actual
instalation of the timing chain was done by a mechanic (used a self
help garage on an army post). The red links and green links were on the
crankshaft sprocket dot and the intake and exhaust marks, #1 was tdc,
etc. Anyway, followed book and done by mechanic, so to my knowledge, it
is correct. The rest, of course, is just putting stuff back together
and can't get it too wrong.
Long story short, it will not start. Cranks just fine but no
starting. The only thing I could see is when the top rail where the
plug boots are connected is installed, the boots do not seem to be
sliding over the plugs (when it is removed again, it just comes off
(actually is pushed up as the bolts are removed), no "thuke" like when
the boots come off the plugs). By the way, what was so wrng with plug
wires, etc. that they came up with this setup? Whole motor, as I said,
seems goofy. Think all connections were hooked back up, etc. Will be
rechecking tomorrow. Fuel is getting to the fuel rail (pressure in the
relief valve), but no idea after that (ie injectors). The "security"
light goes off after trying to start so should not be passlock. I'm
Again, thanks for helping us do it yourselfers when we are stumped.