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Old 07-23-2003, 09:07 PM
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'89 Inline 6

I've got a '89 Ford Inline 6 in a F150 and it almost always dies. But once its been running for a while its alright. I have a few ideas as to what is causing it but I dont want to try the obvious yet.
(Im a newbie trying to learn.)

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Old 07-23-2003, 10:02 PM
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need more data.
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Old 07-23-2003, 10:05 PM
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need more data.
Like what?
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Old 07-23-2003, 10:11 PM
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like what is going on when it dies, is it going down the road, sitting in park, does it idle at all, you know, the rest of the story.......
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Old 07-23-2003, 10:26 PM
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It kinda sputters,then dies. Put the transmission in reverse it dies. It does idle for a while then start to act up. But like I said after its been running for a while it will run alright.

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Old 07-23-2003, 10:33 PM
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i'm gonna say its your egr valve. know anyone with a scanner? somewhere on the web you can find a site that has the instructions on how to jumper a ford, and what the codes are......

hate to start throwing parts on something that might not be it.
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Old 07-23-2003, 10:43 PM
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I know someone with a scanner but they dont know how to use it. I thought it was the throtle body needed to be cleaned out and fuel system. (but im a newbie,so I could be wrong)
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Old 07-23-2003, 10:55 PM
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down to basics.

what kind of maintenance have you done on this truck?
last fuel filter change?
last spark plug change?
cap,wires, rotor?
have you checked the timing?
have you possibly pulled an injector to see if its cruddy?
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Old 07-23-2003, 11:06 PM
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I last changed the fuel filter 4 months ago,Last spark plug change 8 months ago,and every thing looks fine.
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If this truck is gonna last you a while, you need to throw some maintenance money at it. Sounds like you did some of the basic tune-up stuff, so lets look a little deeper. An often neglected unit that needs to be replaced every 80K or so is the oxygen sensor. It could cost anywhere from $25-$125 for one, depends on the vehicle. When it cost over $30 most people won't replace it unless it won't run. The oxygen sensor may not be the problem in this case, but it certainly isn't helping anything! Change that as you'll need to anyway. Get a Haynes manual and start checking all the sensors. They usually have a go/no-go test procedure you can do with a VOM (volt/ohm meter -- electronic is usually best). Haynes usually assumes only basic mechanical knowledge. The big thick Chilton's "total Car Care" series for each type vehicle will have the info, but costs more than the Haynes. The big Chiltons with all makes in them won't tell you enough -- they assume you're a reasonably competent mechancic familiar with all systems.
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You wont need a scan tool on this vehicle. Go to www.dalidesign.com/hbook/eectest.html and read the procedure for retriveing codes from the PCM. There are also 2 and 3 digit code explainations on the page.
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Old 07-25-2003, 11:00 PM
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The truck and engine have 100,000+ Miles on it,and I havent replace the oxygen sensor on it. So it maybe the case. But ill check in that haynes book when I have time. This truck is gonna have to last me for at least anouther 100,000+ miles. Thanks.
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2Manytoyz,

thanks for that link,
i've reformatted my hard drive, and lost it, and was to lazy to try and find it the hard way...
i printed out A copy, and ive ordered a ford specific scanner, so i think i might at least be able to figure out why my stuff won't go....
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