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Maybe buying - 1988 Ford Seirra 4x4 2.8, has a hot start problem...

Discussion in 'Motors' started by ElectroBlaster, Apr 8, 2017.

  1. ElectroBlaster

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    Anyone here have any knowledge on this:

    1988 Ford Sierra 4x4 2.8 v6. Cold start no problems at all, but has issues starting when warm/hot.

    I know nothing about these old cars. Does this sound costly or is it a fairly easy fix? Seller is in no rush to sell the car and if it does not sell, they will keep and get around to fixing the issue.

    Tia :)
     
  2. mjt

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    No offence, but why invest in a 30-year-old car if you don't know anything about them? Surely it'll cost you a fortune in garage fees when other things inevitably go wrong?
     
  3. ElectroBlaster

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    True but I have a thing for old Ford's and the one I know about is in very good condition. It has a huge history file from new. Money is no problem either!

    I can also learn what is need and anything im not sure about or beyond me I will get an expert onto it.
     
  4. mjt

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    Fair enough :)
     
  5. Joe T

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    Old Fords seem to be attracting the 'money no object' crowd. Some of the prices are getting eye-watering.
     
  6. JRS

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    It's almost certainly Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection, so run for the hills :p

    More seriously, there are lots of helpful guides out there for doping out issues with this setup. This one has plenty of info.
     
  7. 233

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    Do it :). Old project cars are great fun. So much better than standing over an open drain throwing money down it


    ///looks at rusty omega that hasn't moved for 7 years///


    Do you like old Vauxhalls by any chance OP?
     
  8. chaparral

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    Where do you buy the parts for a 30 year old car ?
    Or do ford still have stock of most parts :confused:
     
  9. ~>Dg<~

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    cold and old fords is common :D

    old ford prices are flying but you want something clean or project for cheap.i loved the xr 4x4s tbh
     
  10. Lopéz

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    All over the place.

    You can still buy new parts for cars much, much older than a Ford Sierra - has the enormous classic car industry passed you by? :p
     
  11. 233

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    Ford don't have parts for sub year old cars had to wait Weeks for a gasket for a 2016 Mondeo.

    never had a problem getting parts for older ones though

    My Vauxhall dealer can get parts for a 20 yr old omega normally on a 3 day order
     
  12. chaparral

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    No I just drive pass all the classic fords while there broken down at side of the road..:p
     
  13. chaparral

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    That what strange

    Many old fords use to suffer problems starting when it was cold or damp but not when there HOT like the OP's
     
  14. ElectroBlaster

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    I knew diddly squit about this k-jetronic stuff but after a few hours reading I am slowly getting my head around it. Seems the v6 cologne in these seirra 4x4's were used in a lot of old fords, capri's etc. I understand now that the warm up regulator could be the culprit so now looking possible places to buy a new or refurbed one. All this boiling down to if I buy the car but I am actually looking forward to the challenge of repairing the niggles :)

    EDIT: My first ever car was a Mk3 Escort and that poor thing had a very dodgy carb on it lol. This was back in my youthful days. Wish I kept it now, the carb just needed a rebuild kit :rolleyes:
     
  15. amigafan2003

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    It'll probably be the the MAF. Worth spraying the sensor wire with brake cleaner as they get sooted up and can't read the air flow properly.*

    Another but rarer cause would be a leaky injector.

    A hot start issue wouldn't stop me buying the car - just make sure you have a can of easy start in the boot until you fix the issue :D

    *Had a Sierra Sapphire 2.0 Ghia for years that had the Bosch k-jetronic system (in fact I still have that engine in my Westfield, albeit on throttle bodies/Megasquirt now).
     
  16. ElectroBlaster

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    Ohh now that sounds interesting! Would love to know more about this setup :)
     
  17. amigafan2003

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    The build log unfortunately dissapeared when Sky took over Be, but there is some info on the first post here