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It could be alot of things. A bad module in the distributor, a coil going, a MAP sensor or IAC sensor. Could be a bad distributor cap. Can tell without actually being there. Do you get a service engine soon light when it is running?
Lets start off like this there is 50 different things that can cause these issues but will start with the simple things in a list. So here it goes
1. bad spark plugs (carbon fouled,fuel fouled,oil fouled, heat glazed, or just worn out rounded electrode's ) 2. spark plug wires (there is no simple way to check this but there cheap and easy to try) 3. distributor cap & igniton rotor (or coil pack if so equipped) could be corroded carbon glazed heat glazed again thought both rotor button and distributor cap are cheap and easy to change. If it is a coil cheap to and just as easy on both this is were plug wires connet to on the oppsite end of spark plugs. 4. coil pick up (this sits underneath distributor cap and rotor and is cheap and easy to fix aswell) 5. clogged air filter 6. bad pcv valve 7. bad egr valve 8. bad fuel pressure regulator 9.bad fuel pump or clogged strainer 10. vaccum line leaking or off
I know with all that being said may sound overwelming but most are easy to fix and cheap this is what i would so first do a good tune up this includes new spark plugs , plug wires, air filter , pcv valve,fuel filter distributor cap and rotor (or coil pack if so equipped ) .
That will most likley fix your problem
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In reading your issue at hand not having no spark there is only a few things that can cause this being that its a 1988 car i will list below what you need to go over and check.
1.spark plug wires 2. distributor cap 3. ignition rotor 4. coil pick up 5. faulty distributor
That being said most are a easy and cheap fix plug wires run about 20-35 bucks autozonesduralast brand , distributor cap runs between 7-18 bucks , ignition rotor 3-8 bucks , coil pick up about 15-30 bucks all at autozone.
Now there is no real way to tell if there bad but a good examination of the distributor cap and rotor should tell you corroded inside cracked worn down.
i would start with distributor cap , ignition rotor, coil pick up if the car starts after this replace spark plugs wires. If that does not fix it most likely you distributor is faulty itself.
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The car is either not getting gas or not getting spark. It could be a weak battery, bad spark plugs or wires, bad coil pack/distributor, clogged fuel filter or spark plugs, or a defective fuel pump. These are the most common causes of this problem and and except the fuel pump and sometime fuel filter are relatively easy to replace yourself. Good luck and happy hunting!
sounds like your rotor is bad, it does happen, and that would explain no spark to ignition wires to the plugs-look inside the distributor cap too, and replace it if you see moisture, hairline cracks, or the terminals are badly oxidized.
Hello, This problem needs step by step diagnosis: The rough idle can be caused by several things: Spark plugs, Spark plug wires. Distributor rotor and cap. Bad fuel injectors (check Resistance of injectors (12 - 16 ohms, all injectors should be about the same). Vacuum leak, check this first. If nothing shows up, then do a compression check, all readings on the compression check should be about the same. Hope this helps you out
YOU did the tune up? Check that the wires are in the right position, that the connection to the plug and distributor cap are good. Did you replace rotor and distributor cap? Wires could be needed. That wire might be bad
well to see if changing the timing helps / loosen the distributor bolt so you can turn the dist , keep track of where it is before you turn it incase it is right . with it running by turning the distributor it will either get better or worse / make sure you have good spark plugs and wires ,make sure there on the right plugs and cap . find the firing order / do a test on them all with them out of the engine but grounded and observe for a bluish strong spark on the plug if it's weak and red color spark you might need to check your ignition points or coil /cap / rotor,even do a compression test, if you have the timing right then obviously a bad carb is next to check
Hello, your problem appears to be the idle control motor located on the air intake manifold it is a small motor that goes bad quite often. Other items that can cause this is a bad /clogged air filter or a tune up (spark plugs and wires), or clogged fuel injectors. to clean the injectors you can buy a container of fuel system cleaner and pour it into the gas tank and as you drive it cleans the system.
Once the fuel system is cleaned via a tankful of cleaner & gas then the idle controller motor would be next on the list to be replaced.