So the engines turns over, but won't fire.
Out of curiosity, have you check the cam-shaft position sensor?
Had this happen, the sensor would bug out while driving and RPMS would go all over, engine would not start, just turn and turn and turn.
No, I haven't checked it. I was told to check that, but didn't want to go back down to the car at 2 am when i found out.
are you getting any cel codes? ......at 118k on a 2000 my gut hunch tells me your waterpump along with your timing took a nose dive.
Nope, no codes at all except the usual p1684-battery disconnected in past 50 starts.
Any funky noises coming from the engine compartment while you're trying to start it? Clanking, grinding or rattling noises?
Noises--well, i hear the engine cranking (obviously). sounds like it's about to catch and start up (feels like it too) but dies after about half a second and continues to crank. no grinding, clanking or rattling. sounds like my mom's chevy malibu when the theft system disengages the fuel pump. fuel pump fires up though.
i had it towed out of my garage this afternoon. having my mechanics look at it. these guys work on most of the police cars from three of my surrounding towns. corwn vics, intrepids, taurus, and chargers are their specialty. we'll see.
as i said, i had it running fine. it was sitting there idling and it started sputtering. sort of like a lawnmower or snowblower when its almost out of gas. tapped the gas pedal and the rpms went up roughly, then the engine quit. i added a gallon of gas, because i figured i ran out...no luck. was down a quart of oil (shouldnt be a problem) added anyway. no luck. when i try to start it, it just cranks, and cranks, and cranks.....but doesn't start.