1989 Ford Probe



May, 6, 2011 AT 3:21 AM

I have a 89 ford probe 2.2L that has been sitting for a long time, just started restoring first couple of days the car would drive but would stall on right turns, after inspecting I notice a large powerful jet of power steering fluid squirting out of its hose all over the fuel inj. System. Replaced hose then left car alone for a few days. Yesterday the car would idle rough then cut off if I pressed the gas too fast but would slowly gain rpm. Now the car wont start it all. Ive been told the fuel injectors have clogged up because of the PS fluid squirting over them. Also could be a timing problem, on top of that in the process of trying to fix the stalling issue my little brother broke the (MAF) trying to make repairs himself. What should I check first?. ***Changed spark plugs(their getting good spark) fuel filter and about 5 gal. Of gas. Recently used that head gasket repair sand just as a procaution since its been years since its been used.


2 Answers



May, 6, 2011 AT 4:29 AM

The person who told you the injectors are plugged from power steering fluid dripping on them should be smacked alongside his head. If power steering fluid can get into the sealed fuel system, why doesn't fuel spray out?

One common problem is a crack in the fresh air tube between the mass air flow sensor and the throttle body. There must be absolutely no air getting into the engine that doesn't go through the sensor. Air getting in through a leak will not be measured so the appropriate amount of fuel will not enter the engine.



May, 6, 2011 AT 3:59 PM

Thanks for your reply. That's what I was thinking to but I only about a year ago replaced that tube with one from ford ( and it wasnt cheap) and I been pretty thorough about checking for air leaks. I noticed yesterday that the fuel pump safety switch in the trunk had been triggered and was popped up and the inertia sensor was dangling down under the steering wheel. My problem is I don't know how to reset it. I pressed down for about 2 min while the car was on "on" but it still wouldn't pop down. Do you by chance now how to lock this thing. I mean it doesnt explain the problems before, ( with that I was actually suspicious of the fuel inj. Cause that would explain the acceleration problem ) but it does explain why it won't start now.

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