I JUST BOUT THIS THING. I CAN START IT UP AND OF COURSE IT'S AN 88 IT TAKES A COUPLE MIN TO GET IT RUNNING ON IT'S OWN. I'LL DRIVE IT FOR A MIN, THEN WHEN IT'S HAD A CHANCE TO GET TO NORMAL THE GAS LIGHT WILL COME ON AND I'LL STEP ON THE GAS AND THE THING STARTS BUCKING LIKE A FREAKING BULL. I READ A BUNCH OF FORUMS ONLINE AND THOUGHT IT MIGHT BE THE ALTERNATOR, BUT I REPLACED THAT AND NO CHANGE. MY NEXT STEP IS DISTRIBUTOR CAP AND ROTOR, AND THE FUEL FILTER AS WELL. ANYONE HAVE ANY IDEAS OF WHAT MY PROBLEM IS?
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The first thing to check it oil. The next thing to check is the pressure with a well know pressure gauge. The next thing to check is the main bearings for wear. If this is the problem, you will need to see if the vehicle is worth rebuilding an engine for or not.
Disconnect the positive termanl on the battery for about 3 min. reconect the battery the computer should be reset. Drive the car for about 30 min. if it takes that long to get to the inspection station then drive there and it should pass as long as the light hasn't come on prior to arriving at inspection station.if so see how long it takes for light to come on go about that far away from inspection station disconnect battery and try again.
Check the fuel pressure,also change the fuel filter.check the crankshaft sensor,or replace.It sounds more like the tps sensor(throttle position sensor).It is mounted in line with the throttle axle,on the throttle horn.Of course .with out being there and checking I am just guessing.But map sensor or mass air flow sensor could also cause this.Have you checked the air filter?This will cause the problem,if it is stopped up restricting air flow to engine and mass air flow.,map sensor,and vacuums needed to run the car.If I can help,let me know.
Only three possiblities. no gas, no spark, or the timing of the 2. So first follow the full lines and disconnect and turn on the ignition. That will start the full pump. you should see gas flow. Next remove a plug wire and dont hold it but place it near a plug or anything metal on the engine. You should see a spark when cranking the car. Finally its the timming of the two. remove spark plug from number 1 cylinder, with a wrench turn the crank shaft around untill the cylinder comes to top dead center. Look through the spark plug hole you should see the piston top. Now take off the distrbuter cap and look to see which terminal the rotor is touching. follow the wire and make sure it is the same wire that goes to the number 1 cylinder. Of course if the distributor rotor isnt rotating then of course your timing belt is broke. Good Luck.
The service engine soon light comes on for many reasons..it could be as simple as CO2 sensor, or it may just be one of the lights that just stays on, ask your local GM garagre to reset the code for you..maybe cost you a couple bucks.
too many possibilities without more info..check that carb linkage ok and choke is not stuck...check timing (does it have a labored pattern to cranking rhythm)...one plug/wire or other section of secondary ignition (cap/rotor) could be bad or weak
it can be couple of thing Try a fuel injector cleaner or new fuel injectors.it can be vacuum leak. Engines need a vacuum
to run especially at idle which is when your car dies. It could be a stuck
EGR. If the check engine light comes on it will store a code so take it to a
shop and pay them to read the codes. This may give you a starting point.