need a little help please

5

Asked by May 31, 2011 at 06:52 PM about the 1985 Ford F-150

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I just acquired a 1985 F150 2WD, the problem I am having is that the engine is very hard to turn over, sounds like it wants to start but don't for at least 3-5 minutes. Also when I finally get her going she dies under load, mainly on hills and inclines, stop lights, engine sputters then dies repeatedly. Living in E. Tennessee this is a HUGE problem.

As I said I just got this beast....I don't have much info on it....from what I said maybe its a common problem/fix that someone can recognize and lend advice on.
I know its not much info to go by but any help would be appreciated.
Thanks

302 8 cylinder
4 speed Ford AOD Tranny (i think)

6 Answers

395

From my understanding, it could be a weak spark from the plugs, weak charge, plugged air filter and/or fuel filter. or carb, or excess engine friction. Check the battery terminals for any damage (cracks, big pits, ext), check the wires, load test both battery and alternator, check the plugs and check the oil, check (and if needed, tune) the carb, and check the air filter and fuel filter.

395

Definitely try the fuel filter first, that can almost always be the problem.

5

Thank you much

105

get it running and grab and shake the main wiring harness. mine was doint the same thing. if it dies you have a short in one of the wires. if that doesnt work, replace your distributor control module

Adjust your points on the distributor that's what i had to do to my truck.

105

for a temporary fix for the stalling out, when you stop, drop it in neutral

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

  • need a little help please 6 answers

    I just acquired a 1985 F150 2WD, the problem I am having is that the engine is very hard to turn over, sounds like it wants to start but don't for at least 3-5 minutes. Also when I finally get her goi...

    1985 Ford F-150

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • Need help a.s.a.p. please 1 answer

    My father in-law owns a 2001 Ford f150 4.6 supercab/ double cab we replaced everything, but it still has a hard time starting. We don't know what else to change you have to keep turning the key on...

    2001 Ford F-150

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • a little help 1 answer

    I have a 92 f-150 5.0 e4od tranny I recently bought a junkyard e4od to replace mine but the electric plug ins on mine are round pin and the junkyard one is flat it all bolted in the same can I just cu...

    1992 Ford F-150 XL Extended Cab LB

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • I have a 1993 Ford F150 with a in line 6 2wd I need a new transmission what transmissions will bolt on? Please help 3 answers

    I found a transmission but it's a f2ta Ka c279641 will that be ok it's in a 1996 f150 with a in line 6

    1993 Ford F-150

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • NEED HELP!!!

    I have a 1996 ford f150 XLT 4WD LB and I have to replace the rear axle. I found a rear axle at a good price but its from a 1995 ford f150 XLT LB but has no 4WD. Is it still ok to replace it from tha...

    1996 Ford F-150 XLT 4WD LB

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

F-150

Looking for a Used F-150 in your area?

CarGurus has 195,111 nationwide F-150 listings starting at $290.

ZIP:

Search Ford F-150 Questions

Ford F-150 Experts

#1 OJ
OJ
Reputation 8,480
#2 dandyoun
dandyoun
Reputation 4,420
#3 tennisshoes
tennisshoes
Reputation 2,940
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Ford F-250
462 listings starting at $4,690
Used Ford Mustang
716 Great Deals out of 44,997 listings starting at $1,500
Used Ford Ranger
170 Great Deals out of 5,619 listings starting at $1,200

Used Cars For Sale

2018 Ford F-150 For Sale
716 listings starting at $29,070
2017 Ford F-150 For Sale
57 Great Deals out of 125,637 listings starting at $18,199
2016 Ford F-150 For Sale
108 Great Deals out of 9,637 listings starting at $14,950
2015 Ford F-150 For Sale
224 Great Deals out of 8,764 listings starting at $15,990
2014 Ford F-150 For Sale
353 Great Deals out of 12,473 listings starting at $9,900

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.