Stop smoking in the car. It's bad for you and the car obviously doesn't like it.
Other than that, does the engine spin when you turn the key?
Do you hear the fuel pump buzz for a second when you turn the key to "on"?
How about spark? I've had this happen before and would check for spark
without using any tools, while someone cranked the motor.
There's probably a fundamentally safe way of going about this on your
own but maybe one of the techs on the forum can explain the procedure
better. Live spark in the engine compartment is probably not a good
thing if there are any gas fumes present.
If no spark I would suspect the TFI, or thin-film ignition module, a
common point of failure on Ford ignition systems. Assuming this motor
I have an 87 Tbird, with the 3.8V6. Same thing happened to me once.
Turned out it was the distributor. Replaced it and it ran fine
Now, if I could only figure out what was causing the misfire it has.
<sigh> Runs smooth at idle and under acceleration. Have checked plug
wire connections. Dumped FI Cleaner in the gas. Don't know if it is
electrical or fuel related or if it is a valve sticking sometimes.
Good luck with your Bird!
~ ~ ~ Gerri ~ ~ ~
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