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Tiny
JOHNS427
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  • 1992 FORD AEROSTAR
  • 6 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
I have an 1992 aerostar and was wondering where some ignition components are located. ICM, ECM & PCM never heard of a PCM but told to check it. I am currently having a problem getting the van running(cranking only) when it is cold. After it has been running, it starts all the time, it is just when it sits overnight. Any ideas? I`m stumped!
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Friday, January 28th, 2011 AT 4:05 PM

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Tiny
WRENCHTECH
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All "crank, no start" conditions are approached in the same way. Every engine requires certain functions to be able to run. Some of these functions rely on specific components to work and some components are part of more than one function so it is important to see the whole picture to be able to conclude anything about what may have failed. Also, these functions can ONLY be tested during the failure. Any other time and they will simply test good because the problem isn't present at the moment.
If you approach this in any other way, you are merely guessing and that only serves to replace unnecessary parts and wastes money.

Every engine requires spark, fuel and compression to run. That's what we have to look for.

These are the basics that need to be tested and will give us the info required to isolate a cause.

1) Test for spark at the plug end of the wire using a spark tester. If none found, check for power supply on the + terminal of the coil with the key on.

2) Test for injector pulse using a small bulb called a noid light. If none found, check for power supply at one side of the injector with the key on.

3) Use a fuel pressure gauge to test for correct fuel pressure, also noticing if the pressure holds when key is shut off.

4) If all of these things check good, then you would need to do a complete compression test.

Once you have determined which of these functions has dropped out,
you will know which system is having the problem.
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Friday, January 28th, 2011 AT 4:33 PM
Tiny
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Thanks for the info. I will investigate and let you know.

Jimmy
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Friday, January 28th, 2011 AT 6:06 PM
Tiny
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I've gotten it started. Barely. But now it don't want to idle. Runs really rough? What now?
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Friday, January 28th, 2011 AT 8:07 PM
Tiny
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You're going to have to determine why it's running that way. If this isn't something that you're knowledgeable enough to do, then you're going to have to pay someone to do it for you.
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Friday, January 28th, 2011 AT 8:12 PM

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