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    Thread: 87 cabby stall right after starting

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      03-18-2012 06:57 PM #1
      It starts and then stalls out almost immediately after starting.
      it'll fire up on the second or third try usually, but sometimes
      will want to die unless I give it gas for a few seconds. So far
      I've put on some new ngk plugs, new ignition wires, distributor cap
      and rotor. Does this sound like an ignition or a fuel problem?

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      03-18-2012 09:57 PM #2
      does the fuel pump prime when you turn key to acc?

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      03-18-2012 10:09 PM #3
      Sounds like a vacuum problem. I forgot to tighten up my intake hose after replacing my air filter once and the car did exactly that; started, then immediately stalled. If you have a propane torch handy, open the valve (but don't light it! ) and get someone to go over all the vacuum lines while you try to start the car. If it stays running, wherever your propane is aimed, that's your culprit.
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    4. 03-18-2012 10:56 PM #4
      I always like to check ignition timing first. Then move on to vaccum.

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      03-19-2012 02:04 PM #5
      I will check this things right away. I'm rather novice with these cars. haha
      Funny that you mentioned that toplessbunny! I just changed my air filter maybe a week ago..

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      03-20-2012 01:54 AM #6
      So my cabriolet diesels occasionally after turning the car off. According to Bentley, this could be due to incorrect ignition timing. Fingers crossed I can knock these two issues with one stone. I've never tinkered with ignition timing before. Cabby-info's DIYs are a godsend though!
      my 87 Cabriolet is actually the first car I've worked on myself before. Gotta admit, every little thing I do to this car is sort of a rush. Good feeling. I'm 22, but I'm eager to learn and I love my car! Sorry, end of rant. Hah

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