my vehicle don't want to start, but the engine still cranks? on 1991 Mazda MPV

For the past 2 months my vehicle struggles to start. I have to keep cranking the engine for about 3 to 6 seconds before it starts, and when it starts the temp. gauge has to be in the middle in order for me to turn off the car. If the temp. gauge is less than the half point, the vehicle will not start again for 2-3 days. About 3 days ago, my vehicle started fine. I drove it around the block to warm the engine up then went home. After an hour, I wanted to go to the store and when I went to start my vehicle. My vehicle wouldn't start anymore. The engine cranks but it won't turn on. What could be the Problem?

by in Delano, CA on June 27, 2010
1 answer 2 comments
ANSWER by on June 27, 2010
2 months???? could be a fuel pump or crank sensor. now you will have the time to take it to a shop and get a bid for repairs. Roy
COMMENT by on August 07, 2010
what is the crank sensor email me at teconchukmitchell@yahoo.com
COMMENT by on July 06, 2015
i have a mazda mpv 1990 and it wouldnt start. it turns over but doesnt start. replaced ignition coil, distributor rotor, and got a used distributor and still didnt work. it turns out to be a bad part in the distributor. its the part in the distributor with two wires in it. luckily i had a extra distributor (from a used engine) and took out the electronic part in the distributor and it worked. the one i got from ebay was bad and my friend tested it and it was bad. the extra part fixed it. you can take out that part by taking out a screw from the middle of the shaft and that will give you a chance to pull out the electronic part of the distributor. symptoms of bad part was no spark from the coil or spark plug and no start due to bad distributor. you can get new or rebuild distributor but this is the cheapest way to fix it without putting in different parts by guessing