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Why does my 1989 f350 5.8 idle up and down at start, dies, then is okay after a restart

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It sounds like the computer engine coolant sensor is not reading. It is a 2 wire brass sensor installed on the top of the intake near the front of the engine. Also make sure you coolant is not rusty, if it is... you need to flush out your cooling system and put new coolant in.

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