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drain and clean the fuel tank
clean the pickup gauze on the fuel pump
replaced the fuel filter
if its got carbs drain and clean the fuel bowls
remove the spark plugs and leads to check for moisture
clean and gap the spark plugs
remove inspect and clean the distributor cap
i do have a solution i used but it has to be above freezing. spray the motor down with water it will wash all the antifreeze and stuff away let it dry double check all electrical connections any lose ones check for moisture and shorts. repair any that are messed up then try it.
Hi indigo you can remove the blue anti corrosion spray by removing the terminal and scrubing it with a wire brush also the hiaces have a main fuse in what looks like a white box attached to the positive wire close the battery that has fuses that look like strips of metal that if they are broken the power is cut to the vehicle. It usually takes a short circuit to blow the fuse but i have seen a few blow out of the blue.
Good luck i hope this helps
Have you ever cleaned the automatic idle speed control valve and threottle butterfly? It may be your problem. Try the following to clean these parts.
To correct this problem Buy a can of throttle valve cleaner (it is made by CRC) from the local auto parts store, NEVER USE CARB CLEANING SPRAY, IT DESTROYS THE ANTI-STICK TEFLON COATING, spray it into the air intake through the throttle body of the engine until you have used about half the can, you will need to hold the idle up while you do this, it will try to stall, after this shut the engine down and disconnect the Negative (-) battery cable for 5 minutes. The intake is now clean, if you continue to have the idle speed control problems you may need to seek the help of a professional.
From what I can determine, the battery cables are part of an engine sub harness. Cost of the part is in the $300 range. However, I suspect your real problem is the connectors on the cables which attach to the battery. They should be cleaned very well, free of all signs of corrosion and tightened securely. There is a common problem of the terminals corroding and cracking / breaking. They can be replaced easily and cheaply by cutting off the old terminal(s) , stripping back (or leaving exposed) about a 1/2" of wire. If wire has any corrosion, sand down to remove corrosion. The replacement terminals should be the clamp on type that you insert the wire into the clamp connection on back of new terminal and tighten it down securing the wires to the new terminal, then attaching them back to the battery. Cost around $10, buy some anti-corrosion spray for batteries also and spray them well after installation to battery to prevent this from happening again.
NOTE: Negative or black (if color coded) should come off first. Then remove positive (red) cable. Remove both cables from battery before performing repairs. Positive (red) cable goes back on first, negative cable (black) goes on last. This will prevent you from damaging your computer system and eliminate the chance of arcing (sparking) while effecting repairs.
Hope that helps!....Mike