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sistergrimm
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Jun 9, 2012, 11:32 PM

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my 1993 ford probe is . very hard to start from .acold start ! once i get it goeing and the engine light goes out it runs fine ! but then it started to be sluggish no power i could barely make it up my drive way !so to day i was trying to get it to start and it tookforever what would cause this problem can any body help !!!!!!Frown
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Jun 10, 2012, 12:38 AM

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For one, get the codes pulled and post the exact code numbers here. Also, is this a stick or auto? What is the history of this car? When did you last tune it up? When did the fuel filter get changed? You also need to test the fuel pressure, especially when it acts up, and post your findings here. Don't say something like "fuel pressure was fine" we need the exact reading of it. There are a ton of things that can make this happen and we need you to give us good data to know which direction to look. Saves time for both of us and a bunch of your money.


sistergrimm
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Jun 10, 2012, 2:54 AM

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thank you! i will get the codes also my uncle sold me the car he said that he did ,change the fuel filter ,,it is an automatic ,ok thanks for your help .as soon as i get those codes i will post them and go from there .one more?or you .what about the air filter .could it cause this kind of problem ? thanks
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Jun 10, 2012, 12:43 PM

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Unless your air filter was clogged up tight with a mouse nest it couldn't make this problem happen. Still make sure its in good order though as general maintenance.


sistergrimm
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Jun 10, 2012, 5:52 PM

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omg you were right i took out the air filter and just looked (there was mouse nest) so tell what i need to do !!new air filter for sure ! and clean out the mess ,so now that i found this hot mess what do i need for problem i thank you i would never thought of this !as i said i got the car from my uncle i have had it for 2months now just trying to get it road worthy so please let me know ???Unsure
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Jun 10, 2012, 9:01 PM

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Mice love cars that sit. You need to take apart the entire airbox and ducting leading to the intake and clean it out perfectly or crap will get sucked down into your engine and destroy it. If its in the intake manifold that has to come off too and be cleaned to perfection.


sistergrimm
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Jun 10, 2012, 9:25 PM

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okay could you maybe tell me how to do this ? i hate to sound so stupid ! also why when i put the 50/50cooliant ,in the car has some steam coming, from the tail pipe , ihave been with out a car for 3 months before i got this one .i called auto zone /thay told me thay only check codes for 96 and up so i found a ford dealership thay said i could bring the car infor a diagnostic but thay said it is by app only so 29th is when i am goeing to take it then i will post the codes so thank you so much for helping me ,if you would please give me instructions on how to clean every thing up should i have not put the anti freeze in (worried) please give me your thoughts on this and so do you think that air filter thing is why the is hard to start ?again i am sorry for being car repair dummy also i was looking over the motor i saw that there are 4 wires just hanging loose on the passanger side ??Unsure
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Jun 10, 2012, 9:35 PM

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Its very straightforward to take off the rubber ducting and airbox to clean it. The steam coming from the tailpipe you never mentioned before and should have. That indicates other more troublesome issues. Adding coolant to the proper level is never a bad thing, what I want to know is why it was low. Now that you are telling me this and with wiring loose tells me this is beyond your ability to easily diagnose and repair. I think you should have this diagnosed by a pro and you don't have to go to a dealer. Most independant shops have the ability to scan an OBD-1 Ford. Don't drive it around until you have it looked at or you may make the problem worse. Go ahead and clean the air ducting but let the shop you go to know it was there.


Tom Greenleaf
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Jun 11, 2012, 8:16 AM

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Take care of the coolant out tailpipe thing as Nick said. That clearly is a problem.
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Can't find it on rodent control but now long ago we had a long thread on it here for tricks to control that. Dang critters will make nests of air filter material, hood insulation, firewall insulation and can get inside car and trunks too! Have seen and fixed chewed wiring too.

Clean out everything you can plain vacuum or blow away.

Some tricks that were suggested.......

* Don't park car in same spot or just not in same position front or back in where located.
* Moth balls. Collectors will put dishes with them around stored vehicles.
* Poison packs - use judgement with assorted types.
* Those high pitched noise things (humans don't hear it) can work. LMAO - one dude used one and it freaked out a pet parrot or bird of some sort!

#1 best and not feasable for most folks and yes have a cat as my avatar is a good BARN CAT unfed will find the critters. Farmers have done that on purpose for eons - really!

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Jun 11, 2012, 9:09 AM

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very hard to start from .acold start ! once i get it goeing and the engine light goes out it runs fine !


Something is not making sense about this whole thing. Rodents usually can't build nests in cars that are driven on a regular basis. This is a problem you find in cars that are parked for long periods of time.




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sistergrimm
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Jun 20, 2012, 9:13 PM

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okay i have some news i would like your thoughts i took the car to a repair shop thay told me today that it has a blown head gasket and that was the reason for the steam from the tail pipe but i dont understand because the car never over heated or ran hot please tell me what you think
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Jun 20, 2012, 9:41 PM

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It's hard to understand that happening any other way. Overheating is what causes head gasket issues and steam out the tailpipe usually does indicate that.




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Jun 20, 2012, 9:59 PM

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If it wasn't caused from overheating, being on old car and possibly a high mileage engine the head gasket may just be worn out. With the expansion and contraction and shearing that goes on between the aluminum head and cast iron block eventually the gasket it going to let loose, especially if it isn't a graphite gasket.

Detonation burning through a firing ring is another possibility if overheating wasn't a concern.





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