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Old 02-13-2013, 08:48 AM   #1
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New problem. I was driving yesterday and on my way home my car just died completely. It coasted up the road a lil bit n then just picked back up n went on. Other than that it runs great. Any help is appreciated.
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My 240sx used to do this on the highway once in awhile. It turned out to be the crankshaft position sensor.
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Thanks. If that is the case then it prolly be the pip in the distributor. If so ima change the whole distributor cause i wanna upgrade anyway. Any more input is welcome.
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Thanks. If that is the case then it prolly be the pip in the distributor. If so ima change the whole distributor cause i wanna upgrade anyway. Any more input is welcome.
You weren't on some sort of turn were you possibly close to empty on gas? My 91 GT did that on right turns and it turns out the baffles in the gas tank were broke off. Replaced the tank and no more problems.

Had a 95 GT that would die for no reason along straights. It ended up being the pick up coil in the distributer. Went through 3-5 (can't remember it's been awhile) remanufactured distributors before getting one that worked. Take the cap and rotor off and see if there are metal shavings down in there.
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You weren't on some sort of turn were you possibly close to empty on gas? My 91 GT did that on right turns and it turns out the baffles in the gas tank were broke off. Replaced the tank and no more problems.

Had a 95 GT that would die for no reason along straights. It ended up being the pick up coil in the distributer. Went through 3-5 (can't remember it's been awhile) remanufactured distributors before getting one that worked. Take the cap and rotor off and see if there are metal shavings down in there.
I was running strait down the road n hadn't been long got gas. I been wondering if that pick up coil was the culprit. Think ima save a couple dollars and put a msd distributor in. Thanks for the help yall.
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The bad pip will fry the TFI. And TFI's will go too. So if you're gonna do the pip do the TFI. Very common due to the heat that gets to the pip/TFI.... A quick and easy thing to watch, if the tach isn't bouncing while you're cranking it, thats the problem 99% of the time. No Crankshaft position sensor on Foxes. (If the avatar pic is what we're talking about)
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The bad pip will fry the TFI. And TFI's will go too. So if you're gonna do the pip do the TFI. Very common due to the heat that gets to the pip/TFI.... A quick and easy thing to watch, if the tach isn't bouncing while you're cranking it, thats the problem 99% of the time. No Crankshaft position sensor on Foxes. (If the avatar pic is what we're talking about)
Yeah its my 87 we're talking bout. I just recently replaced the tfi. It shut off again the other day and didn't wanna fire back up so i figured i switch it off at the key and restart it and when i turned it back on it started running again. Almost like it loses power somewhere in the key switch. I have recently replaced the ignition switch on the column but not the key switch. I hate electrical bugs.
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Did you end up replacing the distributor? Still curious about the pick up coil...
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Did you end up replacing the distributor? Still curious about the pick up coil...
Not yet. Money is a lil tight at the moment but i am gone look into different things today to see what i may can come up with. I will keep progress posted.
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When this happened to my 95 GT it just got worse over time. I ended up renting a scanning tool from AutoZone or Orielly's and when it would not start I just hooked up the tool, tried to start the car and it threw a code that pointed to the pickup coil. The engine light never actually came on because when it did start there were no actual errors. Only when it did not start would the scanning tool pick up an error code. I was able to just return the tool at no total cost, I just needed a credit card. Not sure if they do that anymore. The other thing you can do when it does not start and you are at home, take the cap and rotor off and blow some compressed air in there to clean it out. See if that works.
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When this happened to my 95 GT it just got worse over time. I ended up renting a scanning tool from AutoZone or Orielly's and when it would not start I just hooked up the tool, tried to start the car and it threw a code that pointed to the pickup coil. The engine light never actually came on because when it did start there were no actual errors. Only when it did not start would the scanning tool pick up an error code. I was able to just return the tool at no total cost, I just needed a credit card. Not sure if they do that anymore. The other thing you can do when it does not start and you are at home, take the cap and rotor off and blow some compressed air in there to clean it out. See if that works.
Thanks. I will try to clean it out. Ima see if throws any codes also. I just use a jumper wire and test light since i have obd 1.
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95s are obd1 as well I thought. Changed to obd2 in 96 with the 4.6 liter
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I look on the net just now and it seems some 94-95 have obd 1 or obd 2. Confused
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I look on the net just now and it seems some 94-95 have obd 1 or obd 2. Confused
All 94 are obd1. Some 95 vehicles, im guessing the ones built later in '95, had obd2 and all 96+ are obd2
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Cool.
Well i have been having a problem with cranking my car by key. I have replaced key lock cylinder, ignition switch, checked the neutral safety switch, and replaced the solenoid. It will crank and start by jumping the solenoid. I have tried to do a code read and it won't even start to run the test. I have checked things a few times over. I also wonder that this may have to do with it just shutting off going down the road. IM LOST AND GOING INSANE! ELECTRICAL SUCKS! All help is greatly appreciated. I hope some of yall have some insight on what this could be. Thanks!
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All 94 are obd1. Some 95 vehicles, im guessing the ones built later in '95, had obd2 and all 96+ are obd2
Cool. I didn't know that.
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So i couldn't get any codes or anything and still can't figure out why it won't crank or start with key. I did have an extra computer laying round so i swapped em out just for the hell of it to see what happens. So i did and know i get the code test to run. It passed and this was after driving around a few minutes. I don't no if this will solve my issue of it just dying going down the road but i guess i will see. It didn't solve the problem with cranking by the key but i didn't figure it would know how. I know this is alot of info and random stuff but im doing my best at explaining it and trying to get this all right. Questions or comments and help is greatly appreciated.
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Yeah dude idk, Take it to a good ford/mustang guy?? Good luck!
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Yeah dude idk, Take it to a good ford/mustang guy?? Good luck!
I try to get any and every input from everywhere i can cause i really don't have it to pay for someone to fix it for me although that is nice in some cases. Its doing good for now just a couple bugs thats being a pita.
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I agree, it's most likely electrical, do you have any loose wiring or wires that are soaked in oil or anything?

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Could also be a bad ground somewhere, that could cause this problem. Check where you see grounds for good contact metal to metal.
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All 94 are obd1. Some 95 vehicles, im guessing the ones built later in '95, had obd2 and all 96+ are obd2
94-95 v6 cars were obd2, the GTs didn't go obd 2 till 96. The connections were there but they were dummy connections.
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I would be wary about trusting the new tfi. I went through several on my car before I got a good one and that was because I ordered off the Internet. It took three try's to get a good one for my stepfathers truck. There should be some test procedures for the tfi and pip in the useful info thread in the stickies. I would test them to at least eliminate them from the list of possibilities.
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I agree, it's most likely electrical, do you have any loose wiring or wires that are soaked in oil or anything?

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Could also be a bad ground somewhere, that could cause this problem. Check where you see grounds for good contact metal to metal.
Thanks. I didn't see anything yet that looked bad but im not done. I got frustrated chasing that electrical bug and had to stop before i done summin stupid. Lol

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I would be wary about trusting the new tfi. I went through several on my car before I got a good one and that was because I ordered off the Internet. It took three try's to get a good one for my stepfathers truck. There should be some test procedures for the tfi and pip in the useful info thread in the stickies. I would test them to at least eliminate them from the list of possibilities.
Ok thanks. I will check em.
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Go to store this am. Car starts and idles to warm good. Bout 2 miles down the road it starts to bust up and run like crap. Backfires, sputters, and the tach is jumping round. I limped it back home thankfully. This sound like a bad pick up coil huh? Thanks yall.
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I check my ignition coil and by the haynes manual the resistance is to low so im heading to town to pick one up. I hope this solves at least one of my problems but maybe all. I will post the results after while
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Awesome. Good luck.
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Got the new msd coil and she runs like a top. Runs even better than what it did before it started acting up. Time will tell if it cured the problem with it just dying going down the road. Just glad it fixed at least that.
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