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Cars > alwaysakid’s Garage > Blog > 1989 Ford F 150 (Not So Big Foot) > Fix Or Repair Daily


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Fix Or Repair Daily

By alwaysakid

Filed under: 1989 Ford F 150 (Not So Big Foot)

This old Ford F150 is frustrating me. I bought it for a winter vehicle, particularly to get around in bad snow storms, and it's proving to be a fair-weather vehicle. Lately, it's broken down every time I've tried to drive it in wet weather. It starts up fine, but as it's going down the road, it just dies. It restarts, but after a little ways dies again. I can see the tach, while I'm cruising at a constant speed, just drop to zero (and feel the loss of power). When I restart it, it backfires from the unburnt fuel, so I'm pretty sure it's a wiring problem. So far, I've replaced the spark plugs, spark plug wires, distributor cap, rotor, fuel pump relay wiring, starter selenoid, the alternator, fuel filter; and I've put fuel cleaner in the tank several times. But as long as the roads are dry and the sun is shining, it runs fine. As you might imagine, I'm getting tired of throwing parts at it. I tried idling it at night with the hood up, but couldn't see any arcing.
Any suggestions out there?

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alwaysakid’s Profile Photo
Apr 7, 2010 at 9:49 am
OK, it rained pretty steady yesterday and I took it out and it behaved. Maybe it is finally cured. Or maybe the "for sale" sign I stuck in it scared it into submission.
oldjoe’s Profile Photo
Feb 4, 2010 at 12:39 pm
You may want to check the ignition module. It is located on the side of the distributor has a flat grey 5 or 6 wire connector going to it. Two 5.5mm bolts hold it in place. Sometimes when these are replaced the installer doest not put a LIBERAL amount of die electric grease on the back side as an insulator and over time they start to overheat and self destruct. I have seen this quite often just something to check out! Good Luck!

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