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Old 03-31-2005, 06:03   #1 (permalink)
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94 thunderbird question

I have a 94 t-bird lx 3.8 liter it was running great i pulled in for a pack
of smokes came out and it would not start any suggestions on what i should
check i'm amusuming it's something electrical.
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Old 03-31-2005, 06:03   #2 (permalink)
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Re: 94 thunderbird question


"l" <t> wrote

> I have a 94 t-bird lx 3.8 liter it was running great i pulled in for a pack
> of smokes came out and it would not start any suggestions on what i should
> check i'm amusuming it's something electrical.


Stop smoking in the car. It's bad for you and the car obviously doesn't like it.

Other than that, does the engine spin when you turn the key?
Do you hear the fuel pump buzz for a second when you turn the key to "on"?

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Old 03-31-2005, 06:03   #3 (permalink)
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Re: 94 thunderbird question

On Thu, 31 Mar 2005 07:24:29 -0500, l wrote:

> I have a 94 t-bird lx 3.8 liter it was running great i pulled in for a pack
> of smokes came out and it would not start any suggestions on what i should
> check i'm amusuming it's something electrical.


the engine spins and I do hear the fuel pump when I turn the key on
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Old 03-31-2005, 09:01   #4 (permalink)
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Re: 94 thunderbird question

How about spark? I've had this happen before and would check for spark
without using any tools, while someone cranked the motor.

There's probably a fundamentally safe way of going about this on your
own but maybe one of the techs on the forum can explain the procedure
better. Live spark in the engine compartment is probably not a good
thing if there are any gas fumes present.

If no spark I would suspect the TFI, or thin-film ignition module, a
common point of failure on Ford ignition systems. Assuming this motor
has one...

Matt

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Old 03-31-2005, 11:01   #5 (permalink)
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Re: 94 thunderbird question

On Thu, 31 Mar 2005 07:24:29 -0500, l wrote:

> I have a 94 t-bird lx 3.8 liter it was running great i pulled in for a pack
> of smokes came out and it would not start any suggestions on what i should
> check i'm amusuming it's something electrical.


Well, from your description, I have to say there is something wrong with
the car.

Seriously, does the engine crank? Spark? Fuel? Does it
sputter then die?

Rodney

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Old 04-03-2005, 07:01   #6 (permalink)
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Re: 94 thunderbird question

I have an 87 Tbird, with the 3.8V6. Same thing happened to me once.
Turned out it was the distributor. Replaced it and it ran fine
afterwards.

Now, if I could only figure out what was causing the misfire it has.
<sigh> Runs smooth at idle and under acceleration. Have checked plug
wire connections. Dumped FI Cleaner in the gas. Don't know if it is
electrical or fuel related or if it is a valve sticking sometimes.

Good luck with your Bird!

~ ~ ~ Gerri ~ ~ ~

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