So is it still a "tune up" if the car won't start afterward?
I spent my Saturday working on my '95 Suzuki Sidekick project. My dad and I successfully installed new manual window regulators, fixed a rattling rear tailgate, and worked on some trim pieces. The day was going good: Too good.
When it came time to do the "tune up" aspect (plugs, wires, cap, and rotor)—the easy stuff—things got ugly. Actually, nothing got ugly until after everything was done. Plugs: Check. Wires: Check. Rotor: Check. Cap: Check. Staring: FAIL.
So, I decided to try to eliminate the variables. I put everything back to the way it was and it still won't fire! I drove the damn vehicle to my dad's house (he's got a garage, I don't), started and stopped the thing three times without incident, but when I try to make everything nice and new, it won't start!
So now it's Sunday, I drove my dad's Jeep home to my house, and now have to go up there and try to figure things out. I thought I might have screwed up the firing order, but no dice, at least yet. I'm getting fuel; it cranks robustly; but won't catch. I think I need a spark tester. Grrr ...Let's hope I don't have to have the thing towed to the mechanic's. Good thing I have AAA ...