2005 Malibu (Classic, fleet version) with 2.2 L Ecotec four-cylinder engine fails to start. It turns over, and scattered weak pops indicate that there’s rudimentary combustion going on, but it does not catch.
I’ve pulled the plugs, there was spark, but very weak. Plugs were in very bad condition — fouled up, with electrode eaten away — seems like no one bothered to change them in 120 000 miles. I’ve replaced the plugs, but I’ve found that spark still remained strangely weak, not the bright blue one I would expect. Anyhow, that did not help. Also, there are no plug wires, as there is resistor pack and rubber boots with contacts are all attached together as one unit on top of the engine. Is there way to test if the unit delivers proper voltage?
I’d never worked on GM car before, so I am not sure where to start. As fuel system is concerned, the fuel pump activates, and there is some pressure in the line, as the fuel port on the injector rail squirts fuel when pressed with a screwdriver. I am not sure if check engine light appeared before it happened, but right now all I can see is that it stays on when the motor is being cranked. From the experience with my cars, it should go away once the engine is rotating, as crank sensor is activated.
I’ve got around to test MIL codes, and it did not throw any, nor were any saved, and all systems checked out okay. Crank sensor (or its wiring) is my primary suspect (Although, it should have thrown the codes, shouldn’t it?), but I want to see what other common problems could cause this condition, and what else I should look into.