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Well let me first describes what happens:

turns over but doesnt start, takes about 6+ times and then it starts up and runs fine with no cel on. noticed the tach needle moves up and down like 1-2 tick marks on the gauge. when car finnaly starts up it blows white smoke.

Good or new - Fuel Injection Flush, Spark plug wires, spark plugs *gapped at 0.060*, MSD Coil packs, 6 month fuel filter, chevron gas.

im guessing nothing else but the crankshaft position sensor seeing how going through search and lookin in books says that, but what else could it be? anyone know the specs for testing the cps? what should its resistance be when isolated?

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nope, just smells like a lil gas. the white smoke goes away after a minute or two upon startup.

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I've got two thoughts, both fuel related.

1. Maybe it doesn't hold fuel pressure when it's sitting. To test this theory, turn the key on, but don't crank. You should hear the fuel pump run for 1-2 seconds. turn key off and repeat 2-3 times, then try to start. Cycling the fuel pump will let it build pressure before you crank it.

2. Maybe it's a leaky injector or two flooding it out. It's easy enough to check:
Next time, hold the gas pedal to the floor. This will tell the computer it's flooded, and it will cut off the injectors while you try to start it. If it's flooded, it should start fairly quickly.

These are both easy to try; report back with results for more suggestions.
 

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Most times it's the wiring to the CKP sensor, not the sensor itself. Just grab the harness and wiggle while pushing up. If it starts right up, you can order a replacement harness from Ford and splice it in.
 

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SanDiegoLXBird said:
You've got a fuel pressure gauge, right? Hook that bad boy up and get some readings.
nope sadly i dont, i was gonna buy one but went with the snap-on soldering iron/ digital multimeter/ and belt sander....next up is a pressure gauge and timing light:cool:


I've got two thoughts, both fuel related.

1. Maybe it doesn't hold fuel pressure when it's sitting. To test this theory, turn the key on, but don't crank. You should hear the fuel pump run for 1-2 seconds. turn key off and repeat 2-3 times, then try to start. Cycling the fuel pump will let it build pressure before you crank it.

2. Maybe it's a leaky injector or two flooding it out. It's easy enough to check:
Next time, hold the gas pedal to the floor. This will tell the computer it's flooded, and it will cut off the injectors while you try to start it. If it's flooded, it should start fairly quickly.
-fuel pump is alright and humms for about 3 seconds when car is KOEO
-tried flooring it and that still did nothing

which leads me to believe its not a fuel problem?
 

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an easy way to check if an injector is bleeding down is after the car was sitting for a while just push on the fuel pressure valve, if you have fuel than the injectors probably aren't bleeding, and yes try wiggling the connector the that sensor next to the damper... Just thought of something else, the cam position sensor, I read somewhere the that decides which cylinder to begin firing and in the sensor is inoperative for whatever reason, it will randomly decide a cylinder, meaning trying and tring to start and finally managing to...
 

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you may need to gapped down the plug and try again.
 
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