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Truck won't start

Have a 1988 f150... go out and start it and when it heats up, 15 to 20 min., it dies and won't start again until its cooled back down. changed everything I can think of, can anyone help..please

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Check battary charger and fan belt if its ok check the battary

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My 95 ford f150 runs great till it warms up it seems then the fuel pump looses power n shuts down wait few mins kicks back on runs fine till few min later


Sounds like your ignition module it is common on fords to do this when its cool it will start and run fine but once it heats up the truck dies until you let it cool down again and then your up and running till it heats up again. Some modules are mounted on the fender others are mounted with the distributor have it checked and let me know how it went.

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1987 Ford f150 shuts off and wont start until engine is cooled off


To clarify, you said it runs for 20 min then quits, and it won't start again until it cools off. Have you checked for spark at the plugs and fuel pressure right after it quits running ?
These models have an ignition module attached to the side of the distributor that has a history of failing when hot. The coil and the pickup inside the distributor can fail too. Could also be a relay.

Oct 12, 2012 | 1987 Ford F 150

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Hi have a 1988 crown vic,,it will die after i drive it for about 15 mins..It is not over heating..i have to let it sit for alittle while then it starts up and run for a few mins then dies again,,is it the...


oil presser seseror or just bad pump or your oil to old and thinnig out causing lack pressure and the computer cuts it off so you dont damge enigin or there **** in your tank

May 08, 2011 | 1988 Ford Crown Victoria

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Its cuts off completly after runnninng 20 min,but will crank back up only to cut off again and again and over until car has cooled down.


Check behind the distributor cap and see if the cam cover seal is leaking. When that seal leaks the car will drive fine til engine heats up the oil and it starts fouling out the distributor cap and rotor. When it cools down the oil hardens again and car run fine. I would start by looking there.

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Drive 1988 ford f150 on the highway it dies and won,t start back. It acts like it is out of gas. Let it set 30 mins. and it starts right up


Fuel Pump-a possible. The time frame of 30 minutes will vary.
The armature on the pump motor is worn, as well as the tiny bearing,so it seizes or just stops conducting current.
Drop fuel tank and replace. May be able to remove all bed bolts but rear ones, and tip bed up.

Sep 28, 2010 | 1988 Ford F 150

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Car shuts off when it gets hot


your ignition coil are going bad, they need to be replaced. once the car gets hot the circuit shut down the car when hot. once they cool your riding again until they get hot. thats your problem. Good Luck

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Truck runs great but cuts out and starts back up five to ten mins later. I replaced the fuel pump and wireing in fuel tank.


I have heard that in some vehicles, when the coil warms up, it operates sporadically. When the engine dies and it cools back down it operates fine until it heats up again and fails. This could be your problem.

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