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Re: 89 f-150 turns over just wont start
If the only evidence of trying to start was when u used starter fluid, it's probably a fuel issue. After attempting to start several times, pull a plug and check for gas/wet plug. If there is no evidence of gas reaching the plug, it's probably the fuel pump. Change the fuel filter too.
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1. Do not use starter fluid on a glow plug diesel engine. (explosive)
2. Most likely 1 or more of your glow plugs is out. They are not too expensive and are fairly easy to change. Facing the engine, look on the right side. There is a set of "plugs" with hoses, and a set of "plugs" with wires. You want to change the set of plugs with wires.
the ignition module probly bad-replaces points and located in distributer area--batt must also read 12.6v and alternator must be healthy--fuses may not all be good--take a light tester to um--make sure inline safety fuse on the batt line is workn
IF THE CAR FEEL LIKE IT goes to start and does not. problem is the starter switch.
you can check if the coil spark plug wire is connected ok/
try using a spray fluid starter use it on intake air in at the some time you try to start . if it start and turns off the problem is the fuel pump
First place to look is in the wires from the battery to the starter and the battery to the ground... got corrosion? this can really choke off the flow of electricity to the vehicle... check both ends of the starter cable and the ground from battery to frame (or block or trans) any kind of green or white deposits indicate it's time for new ones... this can be tricky because the corrosion can be inside the insulation on the wires... if corrosion is bad enough even a jump won't start the vehicle as not enough voltage will reach the coil... if the wires are good then it's time to check the coil and it's wiring... if you aren't real savvy at testing components with a meter then replace the coil (assuming good wiring) and test for spark by holding coil wire about 1/4inch from the block or any good ground while turning engine... you should see a nice blue spark... hope this helps...;-)
i was in the same situation inheriting one myself that was sitting for 7 years and had the same problem i changed ann fluids and got it cranking and almost started but the ground wire was glowing red so i sanded down a spot and put in a new ground. it got it running but never stayed so all i did was put a new alternator and ran new fuel threw it and it runs like a million bucks.now the only thing is the brake lines or master cylinder.