I have been trying to diagnose why this car will not start.
After using the paper clip method to check engine codes I realized that the check-engine light does not light up - even with just turning on the ignition.
I verified that the check-engine bulb works. All fuses are good.
Does this simply point to an ECM issue, or am I missing something obvious to check?
More of the story: I replaced the timing belt many months ago. After installing the belt (before I put everything else back together) I started the car for a few seconds - just to make sure it would start.
Many months later when I decided to finish the job, the battery was dead. I charged up the still-installed battery. The car would not start at this point. The only other thing I did to the car was to take out the aftermarket stereo (in preparation for selling the car).
Could I have have messed up the ECM by trying to jump-start (and later charge) the battery (thinking voltage surge here...)?
Thanks for your help...
Kirby - in Colorado