I just got a tempo that only has 75K [yes 75K, purchased from an older couple who bought the car brand new in 92] miles on it. Here of late the car has decided to only turn over but not crank. It is getting spark, has a brand new distributor on it [older couple had it installed not me.]. I am thinking it is fuel related, but cannot seem to find the valve to hook my pressure tester on to. I have never worked on a 2.3L engine, only a ford escot 1.9L engine. It is manifold injected, has mass air flow on it, and of course has a distributor. Anyone who could help me out, I would appreciate it. Thank you.
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My 1986 would leak. The HP and LP hose coonections to the compressor where lose. Tightened up and stopped most leaking. I added leak detector and found the LP fill connection Schrader valve seat was bad. Put in a new Schrader valve (bought off ebay for cheap- but a couple of extras) and all leaks stopped. Night not be compressor itself. Have a pro check the system for leaks.
The valve stem seals are probably shot, if it is blue smoke-oil burning. What happens is when you shut the car off, oil slips down past the bad seals and pools around the valve seat. Soon as car is started, that pooled oil goes into the cylinder. When you shut the engine off, oil under the valve cover will do the same thing again-it will pool around the valves because of the bad stem seals. A repair manual can tell you how to replace the seals without pulling the head off. An air compressor is necessary to keep pressure in the cylinder, so the valve won't fall down into the cylinder.
theres a schrader valve on the fuel rail it where the injectors are press in valve stem it will spray gas if no gas check fuel pump operation start with fuses and relays also check for plugged fuel filter which is inline with fuel line in back of car in front of fuel tank
You might want to try removing air by-pass valve & cleaning it, or replacing it. If you try cleaning, get another gasket before so you can replace gasket. Once you remove it, spray inside it with throttle body spray cleaner, and also in side port where it came out of. Then re-install with new gasket, and try it. Even if it only cures it for a short time, you've found problem & then can replace with new. Some of these will clean up & work o.k. for quite a while, others are not helped at all, or for only a short time. Here's a picture of what it probably looks like on your car. It will be near front, usually on side of throttle body.