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Don't give up on the old girls.

Discussion in 'Introductions' started by Robert Keene, Sep 19, 2020.

  1. Robert Keene

    Robert Keene Well-Known Member

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    My 1998 is now 2,645,00 miles in July of 2019 and I just did my timing belt, after my carelessness of not changing the timing belt tensioner after hearing a whining sound and I paid for it, as had I change it then she would not have damage the original timing belt and she just might be still running at 1 hundred thousand plus miles. in short, I fail "HER" and I am sorry.

    My car is all highway mileage from the time I bought it, leaving from New Jersey going all the way to Mesa Arizona to pick it up, which took me a total of 4 days plus both ways, (8-9 plus in total) and as I go back and forth into Canada regularly in all four climates (seasons) sometime four times in any given year, and she never let me down and she is always pack (loaded with items) to the teeth going back and forth at any time night and day, mostly night, as that is when I like to travel.

    Present day she still runs with no hesitation, though I am having a startup problem if I let her still for some time (not driving for a while) I would have to turn the key quite a few times to get her up and running, but after a long hauls she will start up ok on the first try and then on.

    In closing don’t give up on the old girls, they will run as long as you take care of them.
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  2. Joey_Twowagons

    Joey_Twowagons FEOA Member

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    It's pretty common for older fuel injected cars to require a couple crankings to get going, probably due to fuel pressure dropping over night etc.
    I crank mine a couple seconds, let off, then crank again. The second time it starts right up.
    The wife's Honda is the same.

    Your profile says you have only one post, but you are a "Well-Known Member"! Odd.

    How are you able to cross the Canada/US border packed to the teeth in this Wuhan Flu pandemic?
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    novanutcase FEOA Member

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    Welcome......again? LOL!

    I also have a '98 wagon but mines been modified a little so it's probably not what you're used to seeing. I agree. Even after swapping out the original SPI with a ZX2 Zetec the car runs great and is practically bulletproof.

    John
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    This would be due to the check valve no longer holding pressure, assuming the car has key on fuel priming you should be able to just go to the "run" position a couple of times before you crank it to build up the fuel pressure.
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    Or you could replace the fuel pump.

    John
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    Yes, I certainly could try replacing the fuel pump, but I find it more convenient to just crank twice.

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