1987 240 cranks, but wonít start /:

Old 04-08-2019, 10:10 PM
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Im new here and I need some help. I have a 1987 240 DL wagon and it just will not start. I checked if it was getting any spark from the plugs and it was and when I pulled one plug out it was obvious from the sound that one was out so itís getting fuel. Not sure what else to check. Any help is appreciated.

Thank you,

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Old 04-08-2019, 10:59 PM
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I'm not sure how that is obvious you're getting fuel. was the spark plug wet? have you tried a puff of starter fluid in the intake when cranking ? if that makes it fire for a second, then yeah, time to investigate the fuel injection.

have you checked an injector electrical connector with a 'noid light' ? (should blink when the injector is fired)

have you checked the fuel pressure at the injector rail when you're cranking?

have you done a compression test on all 4 cylinders?
Old 04-09-2019, 08:12 AM
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Im in the same boat. My 86 is doing the same thing. It has spark and fuel but wont kick over. Starting fluid makes it "seem" like it wants to kick over. I found an ECU for 20$ and that kinda seemed to help it almost start???? I put the original back in and measured the 1st winding on coil, that passed. The secondary is at 12.5K which as far as the book says is too high.

I did use the fuel pumps to pump out old gas and I added 4 gallons of fresh stuff. Smalls better, but still looks like apple juice. I imagine from sitting, Its gonna take a while for that to stop.

I am swapping out this engine for a V8, but I would like it to run on its own power so I can move it etc.. until the swap. Plus I refuse to accept defeat. So I am looking for help as the original poster.


Didnt want to hijack your thread!!!
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