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i would check EBay, craigs list or car-part.com

1988 Ford F 250 | Answered on Sep 20, 2019

There is not way to hotwire this.

1988 Ford F 250 | Answered on Apr 17, 2019


1988 Ford F 250 | Answered on Feb 18, 2018

try giving the fuel tank a whack when the keys is turned on. if that doesnt work you might need a new pump. it is obviously stuck

1988 Ford F 250 | Answered on Jun 06, 2017

i take it that in your statement " it took a bit for the power to kick in" you were referring to the clutch slipping or not engaging correctly
pressing the pedal and not going anywhere indicates a compensating port in the clutch master cylinder to be blocked
the best and cheapest fix here is a new master cylinder and slave cylinder as both are near their service life end
replace the hydraulics first as it is the cheapest fix first and then if it turns out to be the pressure plate , you will need new hydraulics to handle the increase pressure of the new pressure plate
all of your statement tend to master cylinder problems

1988 Ford F 250 | Answered on Apr 25, 2017

check the alternator maybe less power delivery from it

1988 Ford F 250 | Answered on Apr 12, 2017

I would replace the distributor stator and the TFI ignition module both of which are in and on the distributor. Use Ford OEM parts (Motorcraft) as after market fail very quickly.

1988 Ford F 250 | Answered on Mar 30, 2017

replace the ignition switch (actuator) it is worn inside, i had the same problem awhile back I replaced it had no more problems, the contacts get burnt at that point and works now and then, so that should take care of the problem

1988 Ford F 250 | Answered on Mar 25, 2017

You need to do a fault code test follow the link. The connector is red and under the hood drivers side and clipped to the fender lip in most years.

Ford OBD Trouble Codes

1988 Ford F 250 | Answered on Feb 08, 2017

Was it running when you bought it? Backfire could mean something as simple as a cracked distributor cap or rotor(come in a kit,about 25 bucks to replace).
Could be jumped timing chain on the expensive side of things.
The little ignition module on the side of the distributor can go bad also. don-ohio (:^)

1988 Ford F 250 | Answered on Nov 14, 2016

Internally regulated Ford alternator will have a three wire plug and a single wire plug next to it. Plus the battery stud. The regulator is normally black or gray in color mounted on the back of alternator. The three wires plugs to the regulator. Externally regulated will not have these plugs. Hope this is helpful.

1988 Ford F 250 | Answered on Oct 13, 2016

Replace the starter solenoid on the fire wall. If you jump it and still no turning. replace the starter..

1988 Ford F 250 | Answered on Dec 26, 2015

Engine size? I'm guessing 5.8. Heavy duty or light duty? I'm guessing light duty. Here is a diagram for the above mentioned. You need to be more specific when looking for diagrams. If a different engine, let me know and I will provide the diagram


1988 Ford F 250 | Answered on Nov 29, 2015

And yet... others absolutely insist on Shell Rotella

1988 Ford F 250 | Answered on Apr 07, 2015

Depending on the size probably 2 or three. Due to the age of the system unless rebuilt, I would start with the large can with "sealant", which usually has a pressure gague includeded. If that is not enough to bring it up to "sufficient" charge, continue with a smaller regular can. etc. If you have a serious leak, no size of can will help. My 20 hr old car is still holding with the above treatment several years ago.

1988 Ford F 250 | Answered on Apr 06, 2015

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