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1989 Ford F150 smokes then quits

It will run fine for a while and then start smoking black smoke and quit. Will restart and run fine again after about 20 minues.

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Need a new oxgen sensor

Posted on Nov 17, 2009

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    ronnie roswell Dec 03, 2010

    also known as a O2 sensor, your vehicle is running too rich too much fuel not enough air

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