The 2005 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Started and Here's What Was Wrong

The first thing I did when I didn't get a full start from the Monte Carlo is I checked the spark plug wiring diagram. Actually, two of them were in the wrong spots, but they had to have been like that before I took the car apart because I labeled them all exactly where I got them from. I'm not the one who originally put those plugs on, so I don't know. At any rate, I had to switch two of them. 

Next, I watched some videos from Schrodinger about diagnosing "crank but no start" issues. I was pretty sure that the problem was my MAP sensor and stuff, but I still wanted to make sure that there wasn't something else I was overlooking. Schrodinger is a cool guy. He's so meticulous that he tries not to get oil on himself all the time, and I think he's funny the way he talks at the "Honda fanboys" and people who complain about the way he does stuff in his videos. 

I watched The Original Mechanic next and went through the last part of his intake manifold job, again just to make sure that I did not skip a step. His name is David, and he meticulous, as well. His voice is so gentle that you can easily fall asleep watching him do long jobs, though. I learned a lot from both of those guys about this job that I just did, so I wanted to give them proper props even if they'll never see it.

I couldn't find anything that I did wrong, so then I moved on to the broken MAP sensor and stuff. Here's a picture of it so you know what I'm talking about:




The piece is broken in two areas: underneath the sensor where the little vacuum line is supposed to be on it, and right there where I have the silver piece of tape. This is a huge problem because the line goes from the sensor to the fuel pressure regulator. Anyway, I tried to tape up the MAP sensor and components that I broke, but it still would not start. It wasn't until I pulled it all the way off that the car finally started all the way up and ran for a short while:



I bought some Gorilla Glue, and I'm going to try to glue it back together and get an airtight seal on it. If not, I will have to buy a new MAP sensor. The prices vary depending on where I get it from. You know that. Could be $15, could be $50, but I won't get it today even if I have the money. No one has it in stock. 

It should at least run continuously after that gets worked out. I still have to harness all of my plugs and wires, tighten some screws, and so forth. The engine still looks like a mess because I'm technically not finished yet. 


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