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Old 10-06-2011, 08:05 PM   #1
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Igniter??

I just want a better review from you fellaz. okay, so after driving my car would sometimes just shut off. It'll sometimes start or sometimes just keep cranking but not turn over. Even when/if it does start, the car would stay ON because im holding idle at 1000. as soon as i let go of the gas to let the car idle on its own, it would simply die out. Im sure thats a sign of the igniter or could i be wrong? i have also noticed that the screw for the distributor cap was snapped by the person that worked on it before. so the screw is stuck in the distributor and i have a little gap between the cap and the distributor. could that just be the reason why because of the gap? or could it really be my igniter or something else?
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Old 10-06-2011, 08:07 PM   #2
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I just want a better review from you fellaz. okay, so after driving my car would sometimes just shut off. It'll sometimes start or sometimes just keep cranking but not turn over. Even when/if it does start, the car would stay ON because im holding idle at 1000. as soon as i let go of the gas to let the car idle on its own, it would simply die out. Im sure thats a sign of the igniter or could i be wrong? i have also noticed that the screw for the distributor cap was snapped by the person that worked on it before. so the screw is stuck in the distributor and i have a little gap between the cap and the distributor. could that just be the reason why because of the gap? or could it really be my igniter or something else?
Have you pulled off the cap to inspect the inside of it? If not you should, it might give us a better idea.
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Old 10-07-2011, 12:15 AM   #3
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most of the time time when the ignitor fails it is not intemitent. ignitor breaks and stays broken. this sounds to me like fuel issue and main fuel relay is very common to be intermitent like you are describeing (especially on hot summer days). also the fuel pump can be intermitent as described.

but instead of guessing what it is... test for spark if you have spark test that you are getting fuel.
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Old 10-07-2011, 12:34 AM   #4
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The fact that you have to hold it at 1000rpm to keep it running is what stumps me. That doesn't really go with any of the suggested issues.

The ignitor often causes the tachometer to jump erratically before it finally fails. That's pretty much the only warning sign. As budget_street said, when the ignitor goes, it's gone. The coil is another common no-start part, but that won't mess with the tach. A bad coil just means your car won't start.

The main relay shouldn't cause the 1000rpm issue. Really, all that relay does is tell the fuel pump to kick on. If you have fuel, the relay and fuel pump work. Check the fuel pressure. If that checks out, then the relay and pump should be good.


Have you replaced your distributor cap and rotor? Plug wires and plugs? If not, do so. If so, double check to make sure all things are in good condition.

When the engine is running, does it run smoothly, or does it misfire and stumble?

Also, have you moved or removed your distributor? If so, did you properly set your ignition timing afterward? If your ignition timing is way off, paired with some other weak components, that could easily cause your symptoms.
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