Mechanics

LACK OF POWER

1989 Ford Tempo

Engine Performance problem
1989 Ford Tempo 4 cyl Front Wheel Drive Manual 150000 miles

altenator belt broke on the road. It eventually died. Replaced belt Since then, it ran kinda rough and would jerk fromj lack of power in any gear. Also drove through deep water after a rainj. Replaced dist. Cap. And replaced plugs. It runs better, but still lacks power but does not jerk as bad.
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Wojones2794
December 29, 2009.



Ok so tell me have recharged the battery and check the alternator? If not take it to you local parts store if you can and have them check the battery and the alternator. If either one is bad it may cause this. The car needs a good battery with full 12 volts for everything to work properly. Just had an escort do the same thing and it was a bad battery. Let me know what you find.

Racefan966
Dec 30, 2009.
Battery and alt. Work good. Still runs like on " limp on home" mode. Need details on how to check ignition system. Is it possible to check codes on this model?

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Wojones2794
Jan 9, 2010.
Ok I would check the air filter make sure it isn't wet and dirty. Then remove the distributor cap and check it for moisture is it looks like it has tracking (carbon) they look like hair line cracks, then replace the cap and rotor. If the cap looks good then pull the plugs and look them over and check the gap and such. Let me know what you find.

Racefan966
Jan 11, 2010.