Originally Posted by 1ststangowner
Thanks Jimkaray. I didn't think about that. I'll check it. I did use some starting fluid and it acted like it wanted to start but it did not. It ran when was parked.
Define "acted like it wanted to start" for us. Does it kick over and will run on starting fluid as long as you're spraying it? If so then its a fuel problem.
My interpretation of your description is that the starting fluid is trying to ignite off the engine compression, so its kicking somewhat like it might start but since there is no spark to light it up that's as far as it gets. If it is actually kicking over briefly on the spray and then dies out (unless you keep spraying) its starving for fuel.
One more thought since we don't know your level of experience. Are you trying to spray the starting fluid in front of the air filter? If so pull the filter so you getting a proper shot sucked into the engine. Have a helper crank the starter over while you spray short bursts into the intake.