This is driving me nuts -
I have a 92 B250 van that has an intermittant starting problem. The motor is
a 318 with only 60k on it. It acted as though the crank posistion sensor was
bad. I had spark and gas pressure but it would just crank with no start. I
removed the CKP connector so I didn't have to worry about that being
intermittant. I thought I measured an open ground. A week later it wouldn't
start. I replaced the CKP. The new CKP seemed to make it start much faster,
but a week later I am back to no start. I 've checked all the wires up to
the computer from the crank and cam sensor. I added extra grounds from these
connectors to the engine block. I have 9 volt power to both sensors and a
clean 5 volt signal outputted from both. I'm using a scope to check the
outputs. It seems to have starting problems after a 10 or 20 mile trip. It's
been in the 100's for several weeks but the van temperature is running
normal. When it runs it all seems normal. No error codes are being reported.
I've cleaned the computer connector.
Being intermittant it is a situation of being in the right place at the
right time, which hasn't happened. Anyone have any ideas or know of
something else that could be intermittent and cause this?
I had the sensor coil in the distributor on my 72 318 go bad. And the
first replacement was bad also. Each time I hooked an ohmeter to the
coil and flexed the wires and each time the meter reading changes as I
flexed the wires. Second replacement fixed it.
I think it might be the cam position sensor connector. All you have to do is
breath on it and it works, sometimes for a week or so before it craps out
again.So I've replaced the cam and crank sensors and cut out both the
connectors. The dealer says they are not available anyway.
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