My 2000 honda civic ex 4-dr sedan seemed like it was misfiring. I decided to check the spark plugs to see if that was the issue. I replaced the spark plugs. The car would turn over however the engine wouldn't fire.
I thought it might be an issue with the plugs that I bought, so I put in the old plugs, and it still wouldn't start. Obviously I have made a mistake somewhere however I can't figure out where. I was worried about tightening the plugs too far, so they are finger tight with a bit of pressure using a socket wrench.
I only did 1 spark plug at a time so, it's highly unlikely that I got the wires out of order.
Any advice on what I could do before giving up and getting it towed to a mechanic?
UPDATE: I tested the spark plugs and wires, and they all spark when held away from the car. Fuel does get injected into the engine as when I removed a spark plug immediately after turning it over the tip was wet with gasoline. The engine seemed to almost catch a few times, however only a cylinder or two.
One of my concerns is that the spark plug wires seem to loosely connect to the spark plugs. As if the spark plugs were too low down in the engine.
I will try the starter fluid tomorrow to see if that will get the engine to turn over.
Any other thoughts?