Not quite sure if it's a fuel intake problem or not
When it gets going, it's fine. but just going around town seems to be a real problem. and also, it has started idling very odd. it seems like it's trying to get fuel, but just can't. and also i know nothing about cars, but have had good luck with fixing them in the past. please help.
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spray carb cleaner around fuel rail where the injectors seat in to the intake whial engin running see if engin speed increases
if a fuel leak is what your looking for visualy look at teh top of teh injecto where it go in oto the rail for wetness and fuel smell
If it's surging, make sure your radiator is full. Do a tune up, plugs, wires, etc. Put some fuel injector cleaner in your fuel tank. On a cold start the vehicle compensates for being cold by adding fuel. Once it warms up the computer tells it to quit adding extra fuel. If it is a bad sensor of sorts, check engine light should come on.
With the car running take a can of starting fluid and spray around the intake. those cars are known for bad intake gasket leaks. if the engine idles up on its own when you spray it. you have a bad intake. make sure to check and spray vac lines as well.
Try pouring some gas in the intake dont go nuts with gas just a few ounces if the vehicle starts and then shuts off you have a bad fuel pump. I have a 1996 Blazer and I replaced mine last year make sure if that is the problem that you shop around for a price because it could save you hundreds of dollars shop around. If it runs and keeps going it could be you fuel injectors are bad. Last winter i had to put gas into my intake when it got real cold. What happens is the fuel gels when it gets cold and it makes it harder for the injectors to take it in . I also replaced my fuel injectors now this winter it starts right up. ( If you dont no where the intake is locate your air filter and follow the intake vent where the vent hose connects to your engine. Unscrew the clamp pull off vent hose and then pour the fuel inside of engine fuel intake manifold. I will bet money your vehicle will start if it dont you have some type of electrical situation.
You have a bad cam sesnor in the distributor- for certain. Rich Porter on ebay has the best reman for $200. Guaranteed fix. 99 was famous for this, runs cold for 15 mintues then acts up and quits, tach usually jumps around too.
Hello there. No 87 oct fuel will not hurt the engine. As you say , the engine is not pinging or having any real valve noise. In the Summer when you use the A/C , you may need to go to the higher octain fuel , or run a can of octain boost as well. Thank you , Quinn Texada
Have you ever done a fuel injection cleaning, other than a bottle in the gas tank? There is a butterfly in the intake that gets gummed up. Take the intake hose off, get a can of fuel injection cleaner, (Not Carb Cleaner) and spray it all down, soak it good and use a clean rag. Have some one push the peddle down to open the butterfly, and clean it out real good, use plenty of cleaner, put it all back together and run it for a few minutes. See if that helps.
Does it make any sound when you try to start it? Quite often helpful to know. I've helped start a number of vehicles by tapping on the solenoid--sometimes the teeth get off by a bit and a tap gets them back--usually a specific noise if that's the prob... The two main things that keep a car from starting--battery and fuel. Hopefully when you installed the battery, you cleaned the connections real well--sometimes they look fine, but can't get a connection. #2, check the fuel filter, simple thing to overlook, again it can seem like it's fine, but it's clogged, may or not affect the pressure.
Beyond this--try these, much more detail than I'd want to type here. http://autorepair.about.com/od/troubleshooting/a/ts_no-start.htm