Question about 1988 Ford Bronco II

1 Answer

The engine dies if I don't keep the ignition turned forward. Any ideas?

Posted by on

Ad

1 Answer

  • Level 3:

    An expert who has achieved level 3 by getting 1000 points

    All-Star:

    An expert that got 10 achievements.

    MVP:

    An expert that got 5 achievements.

    Brigadier General:

    An expert that has over 10,000 points.

  • Master
  • 4,044 Answers

Pull the distributor cap off and watch the rotor as you crank the motor. If the rotor doesn't turn your timing belt is broken. If the Engine is actually firing while you have the starter engaged but dies immediately when you let off even when you press the accelerator check to make sure the starter isn't staying engaged in the flywheel as that will kill the motor and burn your starter out. If all is good so far do a compression check. If you don't have good compression on all cylinders your engine maybe firing but with no compression will not run.

Posted on Aug 08, 2010

  • 2 more comments 
  • timwampler70 Aug 08, 2010

    Thanks. The engine runs great if the key turned forward, but it dies at the default position. I've been told it could be a module or ignition switch. Any ideas?

  • James Young Aug 08, 2010

    That is unusual unless the ignition module has gone bad. It gets power through to the starter and engine electronics when you are in the start position but it cuts power when in the run position. You could put a toggle in between the power wire and the run position hot wire and manually control this but I do not recommend it. Too much chance you will leave the toggle in the on position and you would have to run a separate wire to the battery to power this. When the switch leaves the start position it actually activates a different circuit to power the vehicle components. I would try replacing the ignition module based on this. If the engine runs when in the start position and the starter disengages after the engine starts that may be the problem. Get a replacement module. When you get the column open where you can access the connectors disconnect the connector from the installed module and connect it to your replacement and see if that resolves the problem. If it does complete the swap. If it doesn't then you know there is another problem.

  • timwampler70 Aug 12, 2010

    I replaced the ignition module. I put in a new battery and when I connected it, the engine started to turnover. I had to disconnect the battery to get it to stop and the key was in the off position. I don't think it's the module because it did the same thing with the old one. Any suggestions?
    Thanks,
    Tim

  • James Young Aug 12, 2010

    OK. try removing the ignition module then connecting the battery. If the vehicle still cycles the starter then you need to replace the ECM. If it doesn't then replace the ignition switch and see if you can start and the vehicle will run with the key in the run position. If it still requires you to hold the key in the start position for it to run, Replace the ECM. Make sure you have checked all the wiring involved for shorts and if you have an alarm with a remote start feature make sure the alarm is disabled while you are doing these test.

×

Ad

1 Suggested Answer

6ya6ya
  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. How can this be resolved

Hi,
a 6ya expert can help you resolve that issue over the phone in a minute or two.
best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repairmen in the US.
the service is completely free and covers almost anything you can think of (from cars to computers, handyman, and even drones).
click here to download the app (for users in the US for now) and get all the help you need.
goodluck!

Posted on Jan 02, 2017

Ad

Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%

my-video-file.mp4

Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add

×

Loading...
Loading...

Related Questions:

2 Answers

When the car is running, I turn on defroster, the car dies. What causes the car to suddenly dies?


Is this the read window defroster or the windshield defroster? By die do you mean the engine stops running? I suspect a bad electrical ground with the ignition system I so.

Dec 12, 2014 | Cars & Trucks

1 Answer

HI MY NAME IS BOB AND I WAS DRIVING MY CHEVY


Does the engine crank and not start or does it not turn over at all? You likely have an ignition problem either pointing to the distributor ignition module.

Oct 07, 2014 | Cars & Trucks

1 Answer

02 dodge dakota sport 4x4 auto quad cab 4.7L starts up but then dies as if key was turned off within seconds of starting


Possible distributor cap cracked? Possible short in the ignition system? Fuel Filter clogged? Fuel Pump not producing enough pressure to keep it running? Shifter linkage broken? Is there a Check Engine Light On? More details needed.

Apr 15, 2014 | 2002 Dodge Dakota Club Cab

1 Answer

Truck keeps dying out. Driving along and it will just die, (Pop start it while still moving and it'll run or sometimes turn the key and it'll fire back up) Dies all the sudden. Replaced the coil. Twice....


check for loose connections/fuse at the key/ ignition switch. Check for loose connection where the ignition gets the power (starter motor terminal)

Oct 12, 2013 | 1991 Ford F250

1 Answer

Ignition fuse keep blowing in my 2003 cavalier


u have a dead short on main live wire check for overheated wires

Jul 10, 2012 | 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier

1 Answer

1990chevy suburban 2500 350 died while driving and won't restart I can hear the fuel pump turn on I have changed the fuel filter and still nothing what's next


check for spark, no spark, no fire engine wont run, possible bad ignition coil, wire from coil to distributor cap, no power to ignition coil from ignition switch (rare) wire broken to ignition coil (even rarer)

Jul 09, 2012 | Cars & Trucks

1 Answer

Engine cuts off while driving


Sounds like a bad MAIN relay, that controls fuel, It may also be a bad distributor, contact for more help. Thanks for using FIX Ya

Apr 03, 2010 | 1993 Honda Accord

2 Answers

1998 gmc 2500 wont keep running


The anti thieft system is keeping it from running.

Dec 13, 2009 | 2004 GMC Sierra 2500

3 Answers

1995 pontiac transport


I have one idea, but keep in mind that I am miles away, so don't be too critical of me!

I had a similar problem with a Dodge Durango. The fix was the battery. I had very similar symptoms, and when the battery was replaced, PRESTO! The problem was gone. If you are able, have the battery replaced/or at least checked. You can have the battery checked for free at any major parts store like AUTOZONE.

Good luck, and keep us updated!

Jun 09, 2008 | 1995 Pontiac Trans Sport

Not finding what you are looking for?
Cars & Trucks Logo

198 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Ford Experts

yadayada
yadayada

Level 3 Expert

76109 Answers

Colin Stickland
Colin Stickland

Level 3 Expert

22156 Answers

fordexpert

Level 3 Expert

5520 Answers

Are you a Ford Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides

Loading...