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1988 Hard starts - doesn't start

Discussion in '60-Series Wagons' started by smpiers, Jul 31, 2005.

  1. smpiers

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    I have a 1988 cruiser that is starting to have an intermitent start issue. Sometimes it will fire up, others times not. I have had 2 fuel pumps on the this replaced in the last 2.5 years, hoping it is not that again. And if it does need a new fuel pump, what would cause so many failures? Looking for any suggestions on what else might be going on here.
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    Are we talking hard cold starts or hot starts? Is your fuel pump leaking? Might also want to check the fuel pressure regulator.
     
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    start problem

    If the starter keeps turning and engine will not start you problem is most likely a clogged cold start injector. go to the 3fe yahoo group discussion board for info on the injector.
     
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    Well, I replaced the fuel pressure regulator and no start. At least I have gone from intermitent starting to no starting! I will read up on the 3F EFI issues and see what to do next. Something about a jumper wire to the relay?
     
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    Do you have a Factory Service Manual? It describes how to use a jumper wire to force the fuel pump on. You should be able to hear the pump running and if you open the system you will get a lot of fuel out. If you hear the pump but have no pressure, then the check valve on the pump is stuck closed and you need a new pump. About $220 part and a big PITA to replace because it is in the tank.