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Starting problem After driving through a snow drift i have encountered starting/running problems. I added solution to the fuel to clean out the line and sprayed starter fluid into the air filter. By checking wiring and vacuum systems i found by removing and reattaching my plug wire from the coil to the distributer it seemed to solve the problem. However, since then have encountered the same issue twice and thought i may have gotten moisture into the fuel line. The last two instances it was able to start and run for only a few seconds which tells me that it was not the wiring. There are no problems with the engine turning over. It engages and will at times seem to run but then dies quickly. Am i looking at a fuel pump or am i looking at the distributor or am i looking at vacuum lines? Or do i need air in the tires? HELP. thank you! Isaac

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  • mi_freedom Jan 03, 2009

    Thanks for the advice! I do understand that this problem may pertain to electrical woes. It makes total sense what you say and I'll give your suggestion a try. I should also mention that at the very first instance, the vehicle was running fine and had stalled out after ten minutes of going through the drift. Do you think my bumpers may be loose?



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May not be a solution but it is worth a try. take the wire form the coil and put it back but DO NOT LET IT MAKE CONTACT WITH THE COIL. It could be moisture in the coil that when you plug the wire in all of the way it then grounds out and makes the engine not fire. when you put the wire close to it and not allow it to make contact, it then will not be grounded.. put a strap or zip tie on the wire to keep it from moving then start the vehicle. if it starts and runs then either you can try to dry out the coil or just go buy one that is already dry. I KNOW ITS WEIRD BUT IT WORKED WITH MY FORD F150. GOODLUCK

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