Question about 1988 Ford F 150
There can be several things that cause it. (I ordered a trouble code unit for these things.) This is 1 easy thing, fill the tank with around 88 octane and add dry gas with injector cleaner. This will get out water vapor and some other junk. A bad or malfunctioning O2 sensor can cause that also. (Most parts stores can check for trouble codes.) Most parts chain stores can give you a rough idea. To me it sounds like it's getting to rich of a mixture and "flooding".
Next time it does that, pop the hood and see if it has a strong gas smell. It could be as simple as a clogged fuel filter. Does the check engine light come on? If so it has sensed something not working right. hence you can get a trouble code. A bad gas cap can cause more troubles than you'd think.
Posted on Nov 26, 2014
Is there a possibility that it is becoming Vapor locked?
Posted on Nov 26, 2014
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: Battery dies while sitting idle
Well it could be possible that you have a cell that is going bad.. This would cause battery to fade with little draw from onboard accessories (ie: clock, etc...) Why not spend a couple dollars and install battery isolation switch you can flip when vehicle is expected to sit for a duration... I know this doesnt solve the drain problem you have but could be a solution for not having to jumpstart it when you need to ude it..Good Luck
Posted on Dec 30, 2008
SOURCE: where is the computer mounted?
The ECU is located beneath the steering wheel on the left hand side , under the dashboard. You can open the screws and take it out to check.
Posted on Jan 03, 2009
I think that you first need to independently FULLY charge the battery..., then tell me what the charing rate is, how many volts, at say 2000 rpm... Need 13.8 to 14. 5 or so... How many amps can the system charge at?
disconnect the battery over night, is it still fully charged in the morning. one issue with batteries is once they fully discharge, often they never really fully recover...
After these answers, diodes in the alternator are suspect areas...and sometimes act inconsistantly, but essentially failed ones allow path to ground...do not just replace, these need to be read on a scope. or disected and individually tested.... Then a methodical test proceedure should be undertaken connecting one circuit at a time, overnight and see which one is offending..
Posted on Sep 07, 2009
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