I would like to know wat causes this been mind boggled for awhile

Travis Strahin

Asked by Jun 22, 2016 at 12:49 AM about the 1988 Ford Thunderbird

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Ok I have a 1988 fuel injected Thunderbird that
wont idle it starts but dies with in 5 seconds but if I
keep giving it gas while it's started almost full
throttle it stays running but not at full potential it
would b a regular idle?????

6 Answers


Have you ran the codes? Could be a bad ISC unit, sensor misread, etc.

Best Answer

Is any smoke coming out of exhaust? (White to almost black or full blown black) also after giving it full gas for couple of mins and slowly let off will it stay running at idle then?


Id First try to determine if it's a fuel problem. There are ways of finding out for cheap or sometimes free depending on your make and model. I was having a stalling problem similar to this and determined it was a fuel problem by spraying lighter fluids out my window, into a tube, and pointed towards the throttle body intake. The lighter fluid kept the car running which ruled out any electrical or vacuum leak problems. Turns out the fuel filter that I just replaced 3 days before hand was clogged because my gas tank was full of rust sedement (not to mention full bottle of sea foam I sent through which I'm convinced helped break up the sedement and send more throu through.

Travis Strahin

I don't have a code reader no smoke is coming out same as any other car I have changed the fuel pump and fuel filter along with the mass air flow sensor n I'll find out if it's a fuel problem


This site will show you how to get the flash out codes using a jumper wire and a test light, even has a code chart. Go to: http://straighttalkautomotive.com/OBD1/ford-OBD-I.html

Travis Strahin

Pretty smart but I don't have one I'm just starting out so I don't have alot of stuff

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