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It starts, but takes a couple tries. Then if I stomp the gas pedal too hard on take off it will shut off.
With your elevated mileage, there are several suspect components: a dirty idle air control valve or throttle body will have poor "transition" behavior, loose hoses or other intake system leaks can cause hesitation and poor low-speed running. Low fuel pressure,...
The high beams won't work, and when I try to turn them on, all my other lights dim bright and the motor bogs down a little
Hi, thanks for writing in. The power for the headlights run through the switch on this truck (vs using relays to get full 12v to the bulbs. So the switch, or its connector plug has probably failed and must be...
Starting issues - 1989 Chevrolet C1500
Hello. It would be important to know if the starter is clicking, if it is trying to turn, and whether turning the key results in it clicking more than once. There are many many issues your car could be having...
I have no tail lights but all other lights work
Hey there. You should check to see if you have front parking lights. If the front parking lights work, then the rear parking lights will have bad bulbs or sockets for the bulbs. The front and rear parking lights are...
Charcoal can gas leak
All modern cars are equipped with an Evaporative Emission Control (EVAP) system. The EVAP system prevents fuel vapors from the fuel tank from escaping into the atmosphere. The EVAP system collects and temporarily stores the fuel vapors in the charcoal...
Missing/Broken ECU - 1989 BMW 325i
If your ECM is failing or has failed, it shouldn't be extremely difficult to find a good shop to rebuild or replace them. There are a number of electronic rebuilders who rebuild ECMs (w/warranty). Also, there are a number of...
Normally, when the headers start to glow, it is a sign that there is a restriction. Typically, the headers will not begin to glow until high rpm's are reached, which from a theoretical standpoint, are telling you that they are...
Car battery light came on and while driving my car suddenly stalled and my steering wheel got really stiff
Your problem could be as simple as a broken accessory drive belt - sometimes called a serpentine belt. This belt drives both the alternator and power steering pump. It is also possible the engine stalled for some reason, with the...
Won't start
Hi there. I'm assuming this is a Quadrajet 4-barrel carburetor. Chances are, when the vehicle was parked, the carburetor was not run dry. This means the carburetor may need to be rebuilt or replaced. The float needle is probably stuck...
Intermittent failure to respond to throttle
Hello - wow, an older classic! Your 300TE utilizes Bosch Continuous Injection System (CIS) which varies fuel pressure more dynamically than more contemporary injection systems. I would suspect fuel pressure is the problem, both for the inability of the engine...
Will not start, all it does is click once. I believe it may be a bad starter. How much would a repair cost?
Hello. This is a common issue related to the starter relay. This is a small switch on the starter that directs power from the battery to the starter when you turn the key. When this is not working properly, it...
My truck turns over but will not start - 1989 Toyota Pickup
I would recommend starting by checking to see if the fuel is reaching the spark plugs. Try pulling one of the plugs out after cranking it over to see if the plug is wet with fuel. If they are not,...
My truck is running sluggish
Hi there, thanks for writing in. If the engine had non-fouler plugs in it then you need to do a compression test. If the engine is worn then it will need these plugs and may not be able to produce...
Noise on motor
Hi, thanks for writing in. If the engine sucked in something that cannot pass the intake valve, then you can remove the intake to see if you can get out the metal from the valve with mechanical reach tool or...
I had my ECS replaceed and my TPS and the code for TPS was gone but the ECS code came on after 5 miles is it possible the new one
There is a possibility the new module is faulty, but there may be something else going on with the car as well. Wiring can be an issue with these vehicle so consider hiring an experienced technician like one from YourMechanic...
The number 8 cylinder is skipping.
If you have good compression, fuel and spark to the cylinder then you may have an excessive carbon build-up on the valves, causing low amounts of fuel to enter the cylinder. I would recommend using Ford's combustion chamber cleaner; you...
Can't keep it running
The ignition modules and distributor starter are common causes of loss of spark when it gets hot. The fuel pump can also cause a loss of fuel pressure and is almost as common as the loss of spark. The two...
Why does my car idle out of control?
Hi, thanks for writing in. This is a common sign of a failing idle air control valve. This is a unit that regulates the air flow into the engine as it is mixed with fuel prior to being injected into...
How do I rewire under the dash pad? Many of the wires are just there disconnected and some are damaged.
Hello. If you were to purchase an entirely new harness that is made for your vehicle, it should a simple plug and play. I would not recommend tearing everything out. But instead, if I were to do it I would...
The car won't start without starter fluid, V2500 Suburban Chevrolet
Hello and thank you for your question. Perform a fuel pressure test. Even though the fuel is pulsing out of the injectors with the engine cranking the fuel pressure could be too low. The system must have a minimum of...

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