1995 Lumina van 3.1L, 109,000mi. starts every time 1st thing in the morning;
battery voltage here shows 14V or so. Drive >15-20mi., stop, and engine cranks
over but won't start. Will start with a jump, or over time, as if engine
temperature plays more critical role than normal.
Battery voltage drops over time when driving, and dips sharply whenever brakes
applied, power windows operated, side gate operated, headlights turned on.
Stalling seems eminent when quick gas given then let off.
Coolant temperature gauge doesn't work; intermittent dramatic fluctuations of
speedometer occurs; gas gauge also displays dips, then rises.
Battery replaced. Was told pick-up coil needs replacing for $300, but
distributor had been replaced in Mov. 2002. I'm convinced it is more basic than
that. Any comments?