Check fuel pressure with a mechanical gauge. Check spark at each cylinder and the condition of the plugs.
Check timing by shorting terminals A and B of the ALDL and start engine, set according to manufacturers instructions, usually 10 degrees BTDC.
Check fluid level in trans, and if it has been more than 2 years, change the trans filter.
If equipped with a TV cable to control trans hydraulic pressure, (a cable connected to the throttle body cam and goes to trans) make sure it is not binding or kinked.
When was your last tune up?
Do you have a check engine light? If so get codes.
Take it to any autoparts store and get the battery and charging system checked for free.
Remove vacuum line from fuel pressure regulator, looking for gas in line, if present, then the FPR has a ruptured diaphram and would need to be replaced.
Check backpressure on CAT, you would have to remove O2 sensor and rent a backpressure gauge to check it, if excessive backpressure is detected the CAT may be clogged or partially clogged.
Thursday, November 6th, 2008 AT 5:47 AM