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Stalling hard to start
Hi there: On an 86 Lincoln Town Car, this issue is most likely contributed to a dirty or clogged throttle body or fuel injectors (assuming it's the fuel injected edition); or another fuel system component. It could be an obstruction...
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Transmission not shifting into reverse.
Hi there. If all of the other gears work and only the reverse gear does not work, then there could be a bent shift fork or the reverse input gear has chewed up the teeth. It is very common for...
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Engine cranks when cold but not warm
A scope (oscilloscope) exam during those few minutes after it starts, and while the engine idles roughly, will reveal the cause. It is either ignition or fuel system related. To schedule a rough running engine diagnostic(https://www.yourmechanic.com/services/car-idle-is-rough-inspection) please feel free to...
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Car shut off while driving now tries to turn over but won't catch.
The fact that the vehicle started on starter fluid may be showing the problem. Fuel pressure must be checked. You installed a new pump, but if there is no power getting to the pump, or the ground is faulted then...
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Brakes not working and brake booster possible failure causing the engine to stall.
Hi there. If the engine tries to stall out when the brakes are applied, then look at the brake booster for any external damage. If there is no damage to be seen, then the diaphragm inside the brake booster is...
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when I put my car in drive it won't go but when I put it in low gear and up the RPM its will slowly take off then I have to shift
Hello. The transmission malfunctions you are experiencing can be caused by a wide variety of issues. A few common causes for improper shifting behavior are low or contaminated transmission fluid, transmission sensor issues, or a worn transmission. The first thing...
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High idle problem.
This may be a sign of a vacuum leak. A vacuum leak can be one of the most frustrating and difficult problems to diagnose. High idle speed is a common sign and stalling is another. Confirmation of an engine vacuum...
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The car has been sitting under cover for 9 years. I am going to use it now. Adding fuel is showing several leaks in the tank.
Yes, all leaks must be repaired but the fuel tank itself may be the easiest issue, in terms of what will likely need to be done. Of more concern are all of the interconnecting steel tubes (fuel and brake lines,...
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Starter solenoid - 1986 Ford F-150
The starter solenoid is most likely not the problem here. You most likely have a loose or bad cable. I would first recommend using a volt meter to see if you are getting at least 12 volts on the battery...
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I am having Mitsubishi Lancer box. Engine sounds well,Car is pulling well, not much smoke but some time engine oil is dippin
Hi there: A quick way for you to know if coolant is leaking into the engine (most likely caused by a blown head gasket) is if you check the oil and it's milky or extremely diluted. Also, if you're engine...
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Fiero begins to overheat when at idle/ driving slow
This can be caused by a number of things such as low coolant levels, a faulty thermostat, or a failing coolant fan switch. As you may know the coolant fan switch helps to maintain the proper coolant temperature by turning...
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I have a 1986 Chrysler Laser turbo with 13700 miles that failed emissions. Do oxygen sensors go bad from sitting around too long?
Wow, I almost bought one of these new back in 1986. It is possible that due to age, any number of sensors can be bad, even without a Check Engine Light being set. The best way to determine that is...
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I get fire to my distributor coil. But I do not fire any of my plugs. My distributor won't turn.
As you may know, the distributor has a small gear on the bottom end of it that turns with the flywheel as the motor turns over. If the motor turns over and the distributor does not turn, this would suggest...
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My car shut off while driving and it won't turn back over
Assuming the engine is getting fuel with the new fuel pump, the next step would be to check for spark. The engine needs spark, air, and fuel to start and run. Air is almost always present, and again assuming fuel...
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Need help! Thanks
Hi there: Depending on where you stored your Ford F-150 (whether it was indoors or outdoors) really can make a difference as to where you should start your diagnosis. Anytime an electrical issue exists, it's typically good to start with...
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My car won't start - Chevrolet Celebrity
Hello - A bad engine coolant temperature sensor is a reasonable diagnosis; it could certainly cause the engine to run too rich if it's sending a bad signal to the engine computer. Before purchasing a new temperature sensor, you can...
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Water gauge showing red hot, but engine is not hot.....is it a sensor if so which one?
Hi there. There are several coolant sensors for the supra; ac, fan, ecu, and gauge. It sounds like you may need the gauge sensor, but a wire harness or gauge issue could also be the culprit. This is a single...
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I just changed out my 2.0 to a 2.2 from a 1990 cavalier.
Hi there. Unfortunately, this is what is called a built in problem. The engine and wiring harness exchange from a 1986 2.0L to a 1990 2.2L is going to require circuit testing and wiring diagrams from both vehicles to correct...
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Wants to stall. At idle and under acceleration
Hi there: If your 1986 Dodge W250 is fuel injected, this issue is commonly caused by an idle control valve or the throttle body which is most likely dirty and simply needs to be cleaned. If it's the carburetor version...
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When at idle truck wants to stall
Hello there, many common faults will cause your 1986 Dodge W250 to want to stall when coming to a stop and sputter under acceleration. The most common causes are the power brake booster, vacuum leak, MAF sensor, oxygen sensor, crankshaft...

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