I'm having an issue with my car falling flat on its face at 4500 rpms , like the car shuts off, I am trying to pull codes and I get no check engine light at all, I did the test light test and it just stays steady, no blinking..
its a 1988 with a 9lb powerdyne, and a mass air conv and a 5spd conv. no mods to engine, have a btm and 255 fuel pump, fmu.. fuel pressure at idle is 42, plugs are all gapped to 32 and are autolite 24's.. I changed out the maf today, but nothing.
no, but according to the posts you have put up I read when I searched on this, a 87 and 88 maf converted car won't show a check engine light.. but when I used by test light at the diag connector, with the pins jumped, the test light just stays steady. no blinking.
I have another ecu I may try just for the he-l of it...
If you get no flashes from the Check Engine Light during the tests then something is not right.
-First you should check that you hooked up for the Self-Test correctly. If you find that you have set it up right then,
-It is possible that your Check Engine Light is not functioning. You can use a Volt meter or a test-light as shown in this diagram
-If your Gear Switch is faulty it may be necessary to run the tests with the clutch depressed.
-In the case of a broken SigRTN wire, a simple solution is to connect from the Self-Test Input to a good ground or the negative post on the battery.
-Some international models have the STI located directly below the SigRTN in the main self-test connector.
gearswitch??? wth is that?
I don't know figure I would show you that..
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IF your car is an 86-88 stang, you'll have to use the test lamp or voltmeter method. There is no
functional check engine light on the 86-88's except possibly the Cali Mass Air cars.
If that does not work, try this...
Computer will not go into diagnostic mode
How it is supposed to work:
The black/white wire (pin 46) is signal ground for the computer. It provides a dedicated
ground for the EGR, Baro, ACT, ECT, & TPS sensors as well as the ground to put the
computer into self test mode. If this ground is bad, none of the sensors mentioned will work
properly. That will severely affect the car's performance. Since it is a dedicated ground,
it passes through the computer on its way to the computer main power ground that terminates at the
battery pigtail ground. It should read less than 1.5 ohms when measured from anyplace on the
engine harness with the battery pigtail ground as the other reference point for the ohmmeter probe.
What sometimes happens is that it gets jumpered to power which either burns up the wiring or
burns the trace off the pc board inside the computer. That trace connects pins 46 to pins 40 & 60.
Only an experienced electronics technician can open the computer up & repair the trace if it burns
up and creates an open circuit.
The STI (Self Test Input ) is jumpered to ground to put the computer into test mode. Jumpering
it to power can produce unknown results, including damage to the computer. The ohm test
simply verifies that there are no breaks in the wiring between the test connector and the computer input.
How to test the wiring :
With the power off, measure the resistance between the computer test ground
(black/white wire) on the self test connector and battery ground. You should see less than
If that check fails, remove the passenger side kick panel and disconnect the computer
connector. There is a 10 MM bolt that holds it in place. Measure the resistance between
the black/white wire and pin 46: it should be less than 1.5 ohms. More that 1.5 ohms is a
wiring problem. If it reads 1.5 ohms or less, then the computer is suspect. On the
computer, measure the resistance between pin 46 and pins 40 & 60: it should be less than
1.5 ohms. More that that and the computer’s internal ground has failed, and the computer
needs to be replaced.
If the first ground check was good, there are other wires to check. Measure the
resistance between the STI computer self test connector (red/white wire) and pin 48 on
the computer main connector: it should be less than 1.5 ohms. More that 1.5 ohms is a
The following is a view from the computer side of the computer connector.