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My 1986 gmc safari runs bad in O/D. pops thru the in take pulling a hill. exhaust smells bad when it happens. I am thinking coolant temp sensor.

1986 gmc safari 4.3l V6 TBI w/ map sensor

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Think Mass airflow meter. It needs cleaning. Just don't use any spray cleaner. Severe damage will result. Look for a spray cleaner that is made specifically for the job. Check the cam position sensor too.

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1995 runner looses power up hills and coasting. am going to repair, need to lead mechanic to area to check. exhaust system or head gasket? also smell antifreeze after turning motor off.


sounds to me like a bad headgasket. if they are bad. you will loose power and it will leak if bad enough. have a good one ! pull out oil dipstick. if it is a foamy substance on stick, then you have a bad head gasket. Pressurized exhaust gas can be forced into the coolant system through a cracked head gasket. When this happens, oil particles from the engine will often be blown in with the gas, causing pollution of the coolant system. The result is visible traces of oil in the coolant tank.

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My '95 GMC Safari Van runs slow goin up a hill then dies out what's wrong?


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Apr 03, 2011 | 1995 GMC Safari

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Runs rich and black smokes!! I know three probable causes i think. My first guess is thermostat, second coolant temp. sensor,third guess is the fuel rail in intake plenum anyone have any ideas.?


there is a temp. sensor that tell the computer it is cold so it will run rich to warm up.
when it get to warm temp it should change to tell computer it is warm .
so I would look for the temp sensor in the water jacket somewhere.
might be more then 1 of them. other one's are for fan switches. and a/c control.
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My full size gmc jimmy with 305 is very sluggish when driving on highway i start to go up a hill it slows down to 45 mph or lower what could be causing this


If it's been well maintained as in tune-ups etc, and considering the year, and thinking pretty high mileage, I wouldn't rule out a plugged exhaust, such as catalytic converter. Pretty easy to test and see what results you get. They used to sell what they called,"test pipes" for this problem, which was basically a piece of exhaust pipe that allowed you to remove converter and install it in it's place to test it. Problem was, everybody just left the test pipe in if it was the cure, thus not helping the environment, so they're no longer available, except maybe from a custom exhaust place. Other signs of plugged exhaust include, engine running hotter than normal, poor fuel mileage. If it is plugged, don't let it go, can also cause head gasket problems, so make sure coolant isn't going down as well.

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no the ring and pinion seems ok from what you are saying...you wouldn't smell it up front while moving do to wind and what not,
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