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Old 08-14-2017, 06:26 PM
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Default 1987 dies and won't turn on

Long story short I have a 1987 2.3L that dies when I'm driving it at random. It also sometimes dies after it's been sitting out in the parking lot while I'm at work. When I turn the key the engine does turn over , but never turns on. However when I get a jump it turns on just fine. It's not battery or alternator. I'm starting by installing a new ignition module , and if the problem persists I'll move onto the fuel pump. Any other recommendations ? Something else that could be wrong or somewhere else I should look at ? Thanks in advance


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To be clearer , it'll die while driving so I'll pull over while it rolls and then I crank it and it turns over but not on. So I have to wait maybe 2-3 minutes sitting there with my hazards on until It finally turns on. When it dies at a parking lot after it's been sitting, that's when I need a jump


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Old 08-14-2017, 06:54 PM
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Sounds like it could be a fuel pump

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Old 08-14-2017, 08:45 PM
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I doubt it being the fuel pump because normally they work or they do not. I would check all my grounds and also the battery terminals
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Old 08-14-2017, 10:09 PM
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So 2 different replies? Anyone else have any other ideas


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Old 08-15-2017, 03:41 AM
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I've had a fuel pump do that in the past, correct they typically work or don't. But they can get hot and shut down, you wait a few min and it fires up.

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Old 08-15-2017, 04:14 AM
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Sorry gzus, how many miles do you have on it? And what year is it? If your anything like me you want to find the problem and not replace 5 parts to find out what's wrong. If you have a lot of miles and its the original fuel pump, might not be a bad idea to replace it. Like the other guy said a bad ground could be a problem as well. I know on these older trucks a multi meter is your best friend. Good lUK and keep us updated

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Old 08-15-2017, 06:51 AM
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I believe the 87 has 2 fuel pumps... A lift pump in the tank and a pressure pump on the frame rail
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Old 09-12-2017, 07:36 PM
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SOLVED. New pick up coil inside the distributor did the trick. Just if anyone is having a similar issue , sharing what fixed mine could avoid someone else all the trouble I went through


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