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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-21-04, 09:53 AM Thread Starter
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91 T-bird stalling from stop when cold

91 T-bird, ~110k, 3.8L V6

A few months ago, I had a problem where the car would stall when accellerating from a stop in the first few minutes of driving, but I was told to work around it by not using overdrive while it was cold. Now, the problem is back when I'm in any gear, and this morning, I stalled when in reverse.

When the car first starts, the idle sounds a little gurgly, but nothing obnoxious. I've been warming the car up for several minutes, but that doesn't seem to help. The strange thing is, once the car stalls once, and I'm able to get it started again (usually in a minute or two), it sounds absolutely great, the idle sounds strong, and there are no problems.

I've replaced the distributor cap, fuel filter, had a professional fuel system cleaning, and transmission service all in the past month or so, and each of these things solves the problem for a day or two, then it comes back. What's the root cause I'm missing?

Thanks for your help.

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Re: 91 T-bird stalling from stop when cold

FUEL PUMP for sure...
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-23-04, 08:15 AM
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Re: 91 T-bird stalling from stop when cold


I also have a '91 Thunderbird and I am having the same stalling problems.
It has a tendency to stall after I stop at a red light and try to go again. It is like this until I drive for awhille and she is really warmed up.

Did you ever resolve your stalling issues? Was it the fuel pump?


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Re: 91 T-bird stalling from stop when cold

<- I just thought that was funny so i put it on here....

I drive an 89 super coupe... I had the same problems... and I could never figure out why... what I ended up doing was warming my car up for a good 15-20 mins before driving it... I have BRAND NEW fuel injector/pump on this crate and it still acts like an old man. I don't drive in overdrive either, but after a little while of driving it should be fine. Good Luck...
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