Like I said. Glutton for punishment. <g>
On my old Series I engine, I didn't even know that it had some of those sensors
until they had failed and had to be troubleshot.
When I got the Series II engine, I had to sit down to read the Helm manual for
a couple of days.
Cool. One other thing - are there any other sensors that control the
coil packs? Why they couldn't make a normal distributor on this engine -
typical GM design oddness.
I'll go to the yard first and yank on a few to see what I need - is there
any easy way to tell a good oine form a bad one when it's off the engine?
Whaddaya mean? All this computer crap is ridiculous--who needs fuel
economy, clean air, or a car that actually starts in cold weather? If you'll
excuse me now, I'm going to go reassure my 4GCs and points dizzys that I
still love them, and put some shine on my bias-plies.
Seriously, however, the old dizzys do have at least one advantage: It's kinda
hard to fix a DIS with a pocket knife, cigarette lighter,
fishing sinker, and chewing gum wrapper, when it strands you 150 miles
from Big Moose Dick, Montana.
On Sat, 06 Dec 2003 09:59:48 -0700, shiden_kai wrote:
remove 'spamsucks' from mail addy for replies.
I fart in Darl McBride's general direction.
Heh. I agree that technology is good, but there is something to be
said for the major components of an engine being as simple and
brute-force as possible. I got 270K miles out of my old Volvo and
it had a normal distributor. A cinch to replace the cap every year
or two, and never failed to start.
Distributorless is fine, but it should be as brute-force in
implimentation. Having a dozen computers unbetween the sensor(s)
and the coils as you find in some "modern" cars - it's just
not very sane. Any one of half a dozen computer modules dies and
your engine shuts itself off. Fuel, air, spark. That part of the
equation should never be dependant upon a computer to work(or
at the least, function like my old 88 Regal did - computers die and
it still runs, albiet poorly and dirty(read - 8-12 mpg and half the power)
You might want to clarify whether you are after Series I or Series II. Or, to
put it another way, what year of 3.8L engine are you working on? I had a Series
I engine, and the Helm manual showed that. Now I have the Series II engine, and
the new Helm manual shows that.
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