85 Tbird with spark and gas but won't start

Asked by Jul 11, 2007 at 08:25 PM about the 1985 Ford Thunderbird

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have a 1985 Thunderbird Turbo Coupe 2.3L. I've got spark. I've got good gas pressure. Plugs are wet. Still it won't start. I'm thinking maybe the electronics modulator on the distributor or an oxygen censor (which I know nothing about.) Anyone have any ideas? Also would love to see a schematic of where the oxygen censor might be. Thanks much. DLL

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An 02 sensor would not cause the symptoms you are describing. They merely measure oxygen levels in the exhaust. Knowing the history of the 2.3L turbo engine, I'd suspect a blown head gasket causing low compression, which won't allow the engine to start. Another option would be a timing issue.

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P.S., the oxygen sensor is located in the exhaust manifold. Look for something screwed into the exhaust manifold with a single wire attached to it.

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there are a few reasons why your car might not start is 1. timing could be off 2. head gasket 3. firing order wrong completely 4. starter 5. engine control module which is located on the front passenger kicker panel 6. fuel pump. try to eliminate these maybe it will help

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