My First Project Nc89 - 89 5.0 Notchback

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    89DrivingAn09 New Member

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    Thanks TOOLOW,
    I do enjoy working all week then taking my check right to the auto parts store:D
    Thanks again
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    Noobz347 Stangnet Facilities Maint Tech... Er... Janitor Admin Dude

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    One other tip that will make your life easier:

    In the upper right hand corner of your screen, you will see your screen name just to the left of your INBOX. When you hover over your name, a drop-down menu appears. Click on SIGNATURE. In there, list all relevant information for your car. Year, mods, and whatever else you can thing of. This makes it easier for folks to know what you have when you ask for help and keeps you from having to type all of that, each time you create a thread.
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    Awesome thanks!
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    In regard to your rough idle situation, definitely check your timing if you know how. Also, have you cleaned the MAF sensor? Do NOT use carb cleaner, there is a specific can for cleaning a MAF sensor, and I always gently rub the wires with q tips to get the dirt off. Be very careful with this so you dont break a wire, or leave q tip cotton behind on the edges. Otherwise check to be sure all your rubber connectors are on straight and tight on the new CAI you installed. If that doesnt work, you may need to check your idle air controller (IAC) to make sure it is functioning correctly. There is a thread you can search for where a guy spells out how to check its voltage and reset it if need be. I think his username is @jrichker. Maybe he will drop in and help you out if you still need it.
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    jrichker StangNet's favorite TOOL SN Certified Technician Founding Member

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    As suggested...

    You guys with idle/stall problems could save a lot of time chasing your tails if you would go through the Surging Idle Checklist. Over 50 different people contributed information to it. The first two posts have all the fixes, and steps through the how to find and fix your idle problems without spending a lot of time and money. I continue to update it as more people post fixes or ask questions. You can post questions to that sticky and have your name and idle problem recognized. The guys with original problems and fixes get their posts added to the main fix. :D

    It's free, I don't get anything for the use of it except knowing I helped a fellow Mustang enthusiast with his car. At last check, it had more than 134,000 hits, which indicates it does help fix idle problems quickly and inexpensively.
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    I for one used it a while back on my '95, just didnt post about it. Im diggin the tagging users' names feature, that was a quick hook up and saved digging through threads. Thanks for coming to aid.
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    Hey Blue and jrichker, I appreciate you guys taking the time to help me with my idle issue. Blue I will definitely get the car timed as soon as I can but as for the MAF sensor I did take it out and clean it before installing a cold air intake but did not rub the wires with a q-tip(rest of it yes but the wires no) because I was absolutely terrified that I was going to mess something up I did use MAF cleaner as you suggested but don't know how much good it did seeing as how I didn't really touch the wires. I will remove the sensor again tomorrow and gently clean the wires. Thanks again you guys we will get this straightened out.
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    (Fixed idle issue)
    Hey Guys wanted to give an update. Everything is back to normal I did some double checking and cleaning yesterday and here is what I found out:
    • NGKs where not spaced properly, swapped them out for my Motocrafts I spaced (and re spaced) The tips on those NGKs all had a white film on them (not sure if that's significant)
    • Checked my MAF, Cleaned it with a Q-Tip and some MAF cleaner (rubbed the wires, didn't break one thankfully :nice:)
    • Check my connections on my CIA (all fine)
    • Changed my fuel filter, pretty sure this helped a lot because this thing looked like it had not been moved since 1989 (Pictures attached)
    Once I got all that done I started back up and it ran much better. Still has a bit of a timing issue but its nothing like before. It is smooth and I think everything will time up perfectly now.
    I will get the car timed and check the codes ASAP.

    Thanks for the help guys!

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