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Old 07-06-2016, 11:26 AM   #61
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I don't think that vehicle has a fuel pressure test port. I go to the fuel filter and tap in the outlet side of filter. There are fittings that make it easy. But you may have to modify the hose length so you can see it. Tape it to the body and drivers window and go.
You're right @Brainbucket it doesn't have a test port.

The fittings that make it easy to do this test...do you know what it's called?
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My fuel pressure gauge kit has little T adapters. Plug them in on both sides, thighten them down with clamps and us the long part of the T to connect the gauge.
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Yes, it's a 95' TBI chevy 5.7L 350 engine.

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Has almost 180,000 on the motor. Been regularly serviced/maintained most of it's life. But had sat for around a year before I bought it. I'm the 2nd owner.
Does it still have the same gas in it from when it sat for a year?
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Does it still have the same gas in it from when it sat for a year?
Nah, must have burnt thru that tank of gas when I drove it home the day I got it. That was over a year ago...Put almost 3,000 miles on since I've had it.

I don't suspect it is bad gas anymore. Especially since when I replaced the fuel pump the whole tank was cleaned out really good and fresh fuel was put back in.

Gotta be a dfferent issue...😲
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Do you have the new plug wires yet?
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My fuel pressure gauge kit has little T adapters. Plug them in on both sides, thighten them down with clamps and us the long part of the T to connect the gauge.
"Fuel pressure guage kit"...got it! 🙋

Hopefully auto store has one I can rent cause I doubt I can afford the whole kit right now.

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Do you have the new plug wires yet?
Not yet...in the mail as we speak. Taking forever since I ordered over the weekend. Will post results when I get them in. I would honestly jump for joy if that's all it was. We shall see.

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I had a 91 Olds with TBI. Super dependable injector, but when the spray got clogged, it went to s***. Take the air filter cover off and look at the spray pattern. It should alternate from one side to the other. You can also check the resistance of they injector. If it doesn't check out, replace it.
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I had a 91 Olds with TBI. Super dependable injector, but when the spray got clogged, it went to s***. Take the air filter cover off and look at the spray pattern. It should alternate from one side to the other. You can also check the resistance of they injector. If it doesn't check out, replace it.
Will definitely be doing this. I'll let you know how it goes. Thanks for the heads up! 👍

Btw I actually ran some injector cleaner through her right before I replaced the fuel pump. Didn't make much difference...maybe the stuff doesn't even work (prob just snake oil anyways &#128127 or injectors are fine. Will be lookin' at the spray pattern though still.

Thanks again!

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Update: To whom it may concern

My best friend is having some health troubles. Most all the money I had saved up to try and fix my van has now went towards her hosital bills. She still isn't doing very well and is probably going to need to go back to the hospital...😭

I did get spark plug wires in but haven't had a chance to put them on yet and see if they make any difference. However I really NEED to get this van running good ASAP, because I need to take out a loan with the title to help cover her hospital bills.

No end in sight to this s***storm I call my life. Honestly ready to just go on a permanent vacation.

🎊 😓 <-------🔫

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1987 Chevy Camaro IROC Z POS

Long time DIY member never seen this thread, but I have a contribution. Bought a new 1987 IROC Z28 Camaro in Feb 1987. This is my story, the mileages may vary from the actuals due to fading memories.

Car was great for a few months, then the next time I drove it after running the AC for the first time of the year the coolant temps climbed higher than normal when stopped and I didn't hear a radiator fan running. Hmmm.... I checked it out and found that the wires for the lower temp elec radiator fan had been routed during build through the blades of the high temp rad fan, that came on with the first AC use and severed them. Lovely. I should have wised up then that this was a Monday or Friday car and ditched it then. But I am a glutton for punishment so I repaired it myself and soldiered on. What a mistake.

Later that year, with about 10,000 miles I start the car and this blue smoke wafts into the open window. Hello, what's that? Looked suspiciously like bad valve guides or seals on a 100k+ beater. Took it to the dealer and yup, bad valve seals. replaced under warranty.

At about 20,000 miles I stopped for a soda at a convenience store on my way home from work. Came out to go and the car would not go into gear. Had it towed to the dealer who replaced or repaired the TV cable. First and only time I have ever had a car towed in my driving career. Repaired under warranty.

At about 30,000 miles coming home from a weekend trip I hear a clunk, then the car lurches and feels funny, like transmission slipping (it was a 4 speed auto). This got worse and worse until by the time I got to town the car would go no more than 10 mph. I parked it at the dealer and took a cab home. Transmission replaced under warranty.

At about 47,000 I was on vacation in Florida and took off quickly from a light, but nothing crazy, just let the trans shift in auto, then hear a rat-a-tat noise and oil pressure dropped to zero. Great, 1000 mile from home on a Saturday night with a spun or grenaded rod bearing. So I had my friends in the other vehicle follow me as I headed back to MD Sunday. Drove that POS all the way back with zero oil pressure, parked it at the dealer, took a cab home. Engine replaced under warranty.

At about 70,000 miles I was driving up to visit friends that live 50 miles away when the voltmeter dropped to less than 12V. Yup, the alternator had died. Friends had a 1 amp charger so we charged it the best we could overnight and I headed home the next day running on battery. Made it to about 3 miles from my house when I got stuck in a rush hour backup on a little 2 lane road. Cars backed up a half mile to get through a stop sign. If not for that backup... but it died, and in a spot where I could only get it half way off the road. Damn. A neighbor saw me and took me home to get the battery out of my other car and I used that to get the IROC home, luckily before the police had it removed at my cost. Now out of warranty so I had to eat the cost of the then-rare rebuilt alternator that was like $225, real money in those days.

Then about 110,000 the seal on one of the stupid plastic side tanks on the radiator gave out. Had to spring for new radiator. This really wasn't that unexpected but added insult to injury.

With 117,000 miles on the clock I sold the car when it was probably in the best condition it had ever been in. I guess it just took that long to work out all the bugs.

So what did I do after selling the IROC? I bought a 1994 Camaro Z28 that was the most reliable vehicle I ever had. Go figure.... Just sold it a couple months ago.
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1987 Chevy Camaro IROC Z POS

Long time DIY member never seen this thread, but I have a contribution. Bought a new 1987 IROC Z28 Camaro in Feb 1987. This is my story, the mileages may vary from the actuals due to fading memories.

Car was great for a few months, then the next time I drove it after running the AC for the first time of the year the coolant temps climbed higher than normal when stopped and I didn't hear a radiator fan running. Hmmm.... I checked it out and found that the wires for the lower temp elec radiator fan had been routed during build through the blades of the high temp rad fan, that came on with the first AC use and severed them. Lovely. I should have wised up then that this was a Monday or Friday car and ditched it then. But I am a glutton for punishment so I repaired it myself and soldiered on. What a mistake.

Later that year, with about 10,000 miles I start the car and this blue smoke wafts into the open window. Hello, what's that? Looked suspiciously like bad valve guides or seals on a 100k+ beater. Took it to the dealer and yup, bad valve seals. replaced under warranty.

At about 20,000 miles I stopped for a soda at a convenience store on my way home from work. Came out to go and the car would not go into gear. Had it towed to the dealer who replaced or repaired the TV cable. First and only time I have ever had a car towed in my driving career. Repaired under warranty.

At about 30,000 miles coming home from a weekend trip I hear a clunk, then the car lurches and feels funny, like transmission slipping (it was a 4 speed auto). This got worse and worse until by the time I got to town the car would go no more than 10 mph. I parked it at the dealer and took a cab home. Transmission replaced under warranty.

At about 47,000 I was on vacation in Florida and took off quickly from a light, but nothing crazy, just let the trans shift in auto, then hear a rat-a-tat noise and oil pressure dropped to zero. Great, 1000 mile from home on a Saturday night with a spun or grenaded rod bearing. So I had my friends in the other vehicle follow me as I headed back to MD Sunday. Drove that POS all the way back with zero oil pressure, parked it at the dealer, took a cab home. Engine replaced under warranty.

At about 70,000 miles I was driving up to visit friends that live 50 miles away when the voltmeter dropped to less than 12V. Yup, the alternator had died. Friends had a 1 amp charger so we charged it the best we could overnight and I headed home the next day running on battery. Made it to about 3 miles from my house when I got stuck in a rush hour backup on a little 2 lane road. Cars backed up a half mile to get through a stop sign. If not for that backup... but it died, and in a spot where I could only get it half way off the road. Damn. A neighbor saw me and took me home to get the battery out of my other car and I used that to get the IROC home, luckily before the police had it removed at my cost. Now out of warranty so I had to eat the cost of the then-rare rebuilt alternator that was like $225, real money in those days.

Then about 110,000 the seal on one of the stupid plastic side tanks on the radiator gave out. Had to spring for new radiator. This really wasn't that unexpected but added insult to injury.

With 117,000 miles on the clock I sold the car when it was probably in the best condition it had ever been in. I guess it just took that long to work out all the bugs.

So what did I do after selling the IROC? I bought a 1994 Camaro Z28 that was the most reliable vehicle I ever had. Go figure.... Just sold it a couple months ago.
Now this is one helluva car tale @raylo32 .

I think you take the cake with this belated story, Good Sir! Good to see the car and most of your repairs were still under warranty. Don't want to imagine what the repair costs woulda been had it not been.

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My best friend is having some health troubles. Most all the money I had saved up to try and fix my van has now went towards her hosital bills. She still isn't doing very well and is probably going to need to go back to the hospital...😭

I did get spark plug wires in but haven't had a chance to put them on yet and see if they make any difference. However I really NEED to get this van running good ASAP, because I need to take out a loan with the title to help cover her hospital bills.

No end in sight to this s***storm I call my life. Honestly ready to just go on a permanent vacation.

🎊 😓 <-------🔫
Sorry about your friend. Get those plug wires on and report back. Hopefully, that's all it is.
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Indeed, if it hadn't happened to me I probably wouldn't believe it!

Good luck with the plug wires. I have never had that fix a serious driveability issue since the wires have to be really bad to create a hard miss. But you never know and at least not too $$ to try. Hopefully the labor isn't too bad on your vehicle. On my 1994 Camaro it was an 8 hour book job that I couldn't bring myself to do even when I had half the engine apart to add a performance cam. The wires were still a bridge too far and the original worked fine.

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Now this is one helluva car tale @raylo32 .

I think you take the cake with this belated story, Good Sir! Good to see the car and most of your repairs were still under warranty. Don't want to imagine what the repair costs woulda been had it not been.

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Sorry about your friend. Get those plug wires on and report back. Hopefully, that's all it is.
I appreciate the kind words @r0ckstarr 🍻
She's still in rough shape but doing a litte better.

I will be back with my van in 2-3 days and will be doing those wires then. I'll let everybody know how it goes when I'm done. 👍
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