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Old 01-16-2013, 02:56 PM   #1
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stalls when put into gear

Hi, I have a 89, with the 4.2 and an automatic. It has been sitting for a few years. Idles good, but when I put it into gear it dies. It sounds like a vacuum problem, but not sure where to start. I was hoping someone could save me some time and aggravation.

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what about if you rev the engine? Will it rev? Or bog and die?

If you can't even rev it, start with a tune up for sure. Cap & Rotor, plugs, wires.

And, are you running fresh gas? If its old gas you'll want to put a can of drygas in there and add a few gallons of fresh. Gas starts to tarnish in only 1 year of sitting if it didn't have stabil in it. Open your gas cap and give it a whiff. If it smells all laquery you might need to drain/fill it back up.

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Fresh gas, revs fine, runs good, just when cold for first 10 to 15 minutes itdies as soon as I shift. I can power brake it and it is fine. I am building it for my 16 yo daughter. I need it right for her to drive back and forth to school.
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