Won't run consistantly, have replaced multiple parts for fuel system, cooling system etc, hard to start most times then starts easy other times but still won't run long at all so it stays in teh driveway...did the diagnostics and got no codes other than test done code of 5 5...is this just something that is not fixable if so need to know so I can stop putting money into it even tho it's so solid body wise and interior as well...
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Re: 1988 aries k wont keep running
Check the distributor out. They have plastic rivets from the factory holding the stator down in the distributor under the black ,magnetic pickup coil. It's under the rotor,just lift the round black plastic up for access. It's probably loose. Replace the distributor to fix.
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diesel engines high pressure pumps not suppose run dry.diesel fuel keep high pressure pump cool and lubricated.problem could be fuel pressure regulator in the fuel filter water separator housing.replace fuel filter see if it helps problem could be fuel pressure regulator in fuel filter housing, the fuel pressure regulator has a air bleed orifice that allows vent to the fuel tank.make sure fuel pump fuse okay pump getting power. i would let garage or dealership check it out if all fails because your diesel engine fuel timing is pcm controlled if let fuel system go dry you probably have to have fuel injection timing reset or could have damage high pressure pump letting it run dry i hope thats not the case because high pressure pump not cheap part i hope it not that.
send one bottle of fuel injector cleaner, a pint of kerosine, and 2/3 of a bottle of seafoam in the gas tank. It sounds that something in the fuel system is dirty, or is clogged up. just run that through the system, and see if that makes it better. I have done that before to my Aries, and it made it live again. also, before you change the oil, add the rest of the seafoam into your oil. it really cleans the sludge up in the engine.
Take a can of parts cleaner and spay it around the throttle body to check for a leak and if it is not there then sprat it around were your vacum hoses are connected to the engine that is how i check for vacum leaks.
I had a very similar problem except I would have to throttle my truck just to keep it running. It wouldn't even idle. If I were you check the spray pattern on your fuel injectors. It should look like a nice misty cone. Youy dont want lage drips of fuel, you want a mist. Also cut into your fuel line to test your fuel pressure. It should be around 9-13 psi. My truck had 3psi. I then replaced the fuel pump and the problem was solved. Hope this works for you.
There's probably a group of solenoids around the engine bay somewhere, and these are part of it. I believe the speed control vacuum solenoid is for the cruise control system, and the vent solenoid I think would be for the evaporative emissions system-what keeps your gas vapors from the tank escaping to air- but traps them in a charcoal canister full of charcoal. The canister is probably under the hood too. Those solenoids act as on-off switches for controlling vacuum to other parts. You need to look at the wiring for them is what the code is saying.
The code may or may not be related to your hard starting or no start conditions. Sounds pretty bad. Check for a major air or vacuum leak around the vacuum lines and the intake manifold.
After that, probably back to basics-gas or spark may be giving you a problem. Monitor the fuel pressure, engine off and engine running. Check for a strong blue spark on all cylinders.