Daughter's 88 Aries won't stay running....

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  1. thrashingcows

    thrashingcows Senior Member

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    Many thanks again for all the suggestions and experiences.:thumbsup:

    I was digging around the web last night for a few hours reading and trying to understand how everything works in the TBI system. Eventually I ended up over on Allpar and was reading about the MAP sensor and the issues it can have and the problems it can cause. Mentioned to disconnect the MAP and try starting the motor....went out and tried that and BOOM car fired right up and idled!

    So thank you Lea for finding that info for me, very much appreciated and if I had not found it myself last night I would have tried all the suggestions today. Not to say that it won't have another issue down the road and your guys suggested repairs might be the ticket. ;)
     
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  2. mr. fix it

    mr. fix it Old Man with a Hat

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    Happy that you found the issue.:thumbsup:
     
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    Ross Wooldridge Senior Member FCBO Gold Member

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    I like happy endings!
     
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    live4theking Old Man with a Hat

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    Yippie, I'm glad you figured it out.
     
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    Good job!
     
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    livininharrow Senior Member

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    sweet. on the road again.
     
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    70bigblockdodge Old Man with a Hat FCBO Gold Member

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    And thank you for being a good mechanic and doing suggestions and not just repeating "I changed this and that and it still doesn't run". Again and again.
     
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  8. thrashingcows

    thrashingcows Senior Member

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    My wife suggested towing it to a "shop" and having a "real mechanic" look at it....Bless her she was trying to help me stop tearing my hair out but I had to laughed at her. I told her you think any modern shop will be able to trouble shoot this 30+ year old car, they are used to plugging it in to their diagnostic units and having the computer tell them a list of what's wrong, they would just start throwing parts at it until they eventually get it running and I would then have to pay them by the hour to do so.
     
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  9. thrashingcows

    thrashingcows Senior Member

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    Well your comment was a harbinger of vacuum line death. I was cleaning up some grounds and loose wires on the motor last night and noticed a cracked end on a vacuum line, removed it and cut the offending end off and was trying to re-install when it slipped and I tugged on the vacuum line harness on top of the motor...4 lines and 2 connectors broke....so now I am having to replace a bunch of vacuum lines.:BangHead::rolleyes:
     
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  10. LeBaron1973

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    Ah, the joys of old cars, fix one thing and something else goes.

    I wish your daughter has happy motoring again soon.
     
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    cantflip Old Jagoff with a Hat FCBO Gold Member

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    Not my fault... and besides, I was pushed...

    :lol:

    Ok, sorry for put the "whammy" on you. Look around to see if the replacement harness is still in existence... much easier and should be cheaper than trying to recreate one.
     
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