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Old 08-17-2003, 06:31   #1 (permalink)
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I have an 87 Bronco II that has a low miles motor. It was running very well when I parked it about 2 years ago but now it won't start. I got it running on one cylinder for a while but now nothing. I don't think that it is a mechanical problem I am leaning toward spark. I installed an old ingnition module which worked but still nothing. I replaced the plugs and wires and cleaned the dist cap well, still nothing. I put a screwdriver in one of the plugs and put it close to a ground source and got back in the car, turned the starter and looked for a spark. Didn't see anything but it was difficult to see. Any suggestions?
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First off, have someone else turn the key while you check for spark, or better yet use a remote starter, that way you can see.
Are you sure if it's getting fuel? is the fuel stale? Why was the truck parked in the first place?
With it sitting that long be sure and check the brake component's, hose's, belt's. Be aware of condensation in the oil.
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I assume you put a now tank full of fuel in. Fuel two years old won't be too good. If not at least full the rest of the tank with new fuel and an octane booster.
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PS I hope you poured some upper cylinder lubricant in through the spark plug holes and left it for a while before trying to start it. The rings will have rusted to the bores over the two years and just trying to start it might have broken the rings.
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There is also a pretty good chance that anything rubber is all but gone after not getting any oil on them for 2 years.
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Re: Bronco II Sat for 2 years now won't start

Thanks Folks. I am going to get a remote starter and check the spark. I recently started a Mustang that sat for much longer. I just put a battery on it and dumped in some new gas. It started right up. If it's getting spark I will check to make sure it's getting fuel. But it was running on one or two cylinders for a while so the fuel is probably still good.
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The darned thing isn't getting spark at least not on the two wires that I tested. I replaced the ignition module about six months before it sat and I just replaced the plugs and wires and cleaned out the distributer cap really well. I don't understand how electrical components can just go bad from sitting....That doesn't make sense. I am going to try my old ignition module again and maybe check the coil. I just started a 90 Mustang that sat for longer than the Bronco. All I did was put some new gas in it and clean the terminals on the distributor. It runs fine....

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Re: Bronco II Sat for 2 years now won't start

I'm curious as to why you have vehicle's sitting for so long?
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Re: Bronco II Sat for 2 years now won't start

The bitch that left my father to die on the couch wouldn't give me the title to the Bronco that my father paid for.

Now does anybody have any suggesions as to why I'm not getting spark?
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Re: Bronco II Sat for 2 years now won't start

When i bought my last falcon.. i left my old hotted up escort at a mates place to rest until i got around to fixing the rust...

9 months later decided to start the thing up.. throw in a bit of oil, check over everything.. carby spray starter.. no go. Found the deposits of calcium on the points were hampering spark so cleaned em up.

any electrical component left under the bonnet for ages normally gets some sort of deposit over it.. so clean up all connectors, dizzy posts, points etc.. then give it a go.

Still found when i did that it wouldn't idle.. rings were'nt happy.. clearances all up to shit.. steady 3-4000 revs for 2mins fixed that and it started in milliseconds after that and pulled nice 30meter wheel spin down the road once warmed up :)
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