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When i put my truck in gear and try to take off it dies

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  • willburn Sep 10, 2008

    it's a 89 s-10 4-wheel drive no smoke no engine light does it if it's hot or cold

  • willburn Sep 10, 2008

    yes at first it would and then it got where i had to pump the hell out of it to get anywhere now i cant get out the driveway before it dies

  • willburn Sep 10, 2008

    changed the spark plugs and the wires werenew last year and the coil and ditibutor but that was last year i spend every day trying two trace wires plugs and fuses but nothing working

  • willburn Sep 10, 2008

    it's a 4.3 L V-6

  • willburn Sep 10, 2008

    how do i check some of this stuff like the ignion timming and the park/neutral switch oxygen sensor

  • willburn Sep 10, 2008

    thank you i will try some of those things and see what happens

  • willburn Sep 10, 2008

    well i played around with a few things and it seems to do beter but it still sputters when i press on the gas peddle and i also noticed that there is a hole in what i think is catalatic converter but not sure and the fuel pump is kicking on but the truck sat for awhile so could the gas be bad

  • willburn Sep 10, 2008

    i did pull the distributer and every thing looked ok but i didn't pull the rotor and i'm not sure what to look for do you know of a website where i can see a picture or diagram

  • M Trent May 11, 2010

    ok hear are a few things to check .......

    1. Perform thorough visual inspection as outlined in "Intermittent Condition Diagnosis".
    2. Check Ignition timing and ensure ignition system components are satisfactory.
    3. Check for binding or sticking TPS and throttle linkage.
    4. Check IAC valve and control system.
    5. Ensure charging system output is within specifications.
    6. Check park/neutral switch circuit.
    7. Check operation of EEC system and canister purge control.
    8. Check power steering pressure switch circuit.
    9. Check EGR system for condition causing valve to remain open or partly open at all times.
    10. Inspect oxygen sensor for contamination. Contaminated sensor will cause ECM to reduce amount of fuel delivery.
    11. Check Ignition timing and ensure ignition system components are satisfactory.
    12. Check for fuel in pressure regulator signal hose. If present, replace regulator.
    13. If problem exists with A/C on, check A/C request, A/C signal and IAC circuits with SCAN tool

  • M Trent May 11, 2010

    is it a 4 cyl or a 6 cyl?

  • M Trent May 11, 2010

    hhmm.... what have you done so far to try and fix this problem?

  • M Trent May 11, 2010

    If you keep your foot on the gas does it stay running?

  • M Trent May 11, 2010

    Hot or Cold? Black Smoke from Tailpipe? Check Engine light on? What year truck?


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I have also had the computer to go bad and cause a similar problem. you can do what I call a tap test on the computer. it is located in the glovebox area. what you will need to do is gently tap on the computer and if it is bad the engine will die or stumble while tapping. also might want to check fuel pressure and volume. check for vacuum leaks around throttle body area.

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  • M Trent Sep 10, 2008

    you will need a timing light to check timing with it on #1 spark plug. Also will have to disconnect blk/ tan wire under pass side dash next to blower motor to check timing. only way you can check o2 sensor output is with a computer scanner. park nuetral switch can be checked by trying to start it in drive and see if it tries to start when it shouldn't unless it is in park or neutral.

  • M Trent Sep 10, 2008

    well could be bad gas but I was thinking I had one recently do something real wierd to me at my shop and it was on a 93 chevy with a 4.3L v6 and it turned out to be the distributor had went bad. if you take off the distributor cap and remove the rotor button you will see the ignition module and the pick-up coil. what happened on this truck was the little wheel on the distributor was broke. He bought a new distributor for about $100 from autozone and he has been tickled since. You may want to look and see if anything is bad under that distributor cap. Hope this helps.

  • M Trent Sep 12, 2008 this website is a pay website but it does have very good info. It is better than a Haynes book. Maybe this could help you out.


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