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Title: '87 F/A engine spray down = no start
Post by: gomopar88 on May 25, 2011, 13:12:49
I am looking at this '87 FA that is 60 miles from my house. The car is in great shape(FL car) with 117K on it. The kid who is selling it for his grandpa said it was starting and running fine until he cleaned/sprayed the engine down...Now it just clicks. No starter, no cranking etc. Any ideas to get it running so I can buy it???  Thanks!
Title: Re: '87 F/A engine spray down = no start
Post by: ka4ist on May 25, 2011, 14:14:54
I'd start with the firewall mounted starter relay. Pull the plugs off and make sure contacts are clean, maybe disconnect and reconnect multiple times to kinda clean any grunge off.  Next thought would be flaky grounds/weak connections/battery cables (especially ground) corroded internally.
Title: Re: '87 F/A engine spray down = no start
Post by: lsm360 on May 25, 2011, 14:31:17
Make sure that it is not just a coincidence, and that battery has enough juice too. Doesn't sound like moisture under distributor cap, because then it would at least crank. That water could run all the down to starter contacts too.
Title: Re: '87 F/A engine spray down = no start
Post by: Suregripdip on May 25, 2011, 17:08:44
Before you rip anything apart check fuses!give the starter a tap.
Title: Re: '87 F/A engine spray down = no start
Post by: Mike on May 25, 2011, 19:52:39
Clicks means the starter relay is working. Make sure all the connections from the starter to the battery are clean and tight.
Title: Re: '87 F/A engine spray down = no start
Post by: fifthcrunch on May 26, 2011, 11:19:23
Sometimes, people will say anything to get a car sold.  So the seller's story is open to question.  I have gotten deals in the past by telling the seller that it doesn't run, so I have to assume the motor is bad and my offer is based on that. That went well when a friend was interested in a 52 MG TD.  I looked at the car and looked under the hood.  Advised my friend to buy it at the proposed price for car with bad motor.  He bought it.  We pushed the car a couple of blocks down the street, so the guy who had just sold it couldn't see us.  I opened the hood and put the plug wires in the right order.  It fired up and he drove it home.  I hate having to spend the time getting a car running that I might possibly be interested in.  But, if you are interested enough in the car to spend some time on it and you think the guy is honest, you might try jump starting it off your battery.  You might also check voltage drop along the cables.  It could be the starter relay.  Although it clicks, the contacts might be worn badly.  It could be water in the bulkhead connector.  It could be coincidence and have nothing to do with the spray.  Could be bad cable, bad starter, bad switch.  You  could wind up spending some time on a car that isn't even yours.
Title: Re: '87 F/A engine spray down = no start
Post by: gomopar88 on May 27, 2011, 09:13:31
Thanks everyone, I might go look at it tomorrow...I hope its just the battery or relay, but I have a feeling there is more involved.