I've got a bunch of woe with my 1986 (US spec.) 5000 S. The car has a 5
cyl. NA engine and an automatic shift transmission. It basically just lost
power on the expressway, and ended up coming home on the flatbed.
I have lots of spark- I checked and the camshaft and distributor and both
are turning- and I got zapped at the plug terminal while a friend was
cranking the starter, so the ignition is not the prime suspect. There is
fuel pressure at the downstream side of the filter in the engine bay (at
least gasoline squirts out pretty good when you crack open the fitting- I
don't have a way to measure the pressure, though).
There's plenty of fuel in the tank (I opened the top and looked in), but the
car turns over and starts for about half a second and then dies. I pulled,
checked and reinserted all the fuses and relays in the engine bay and tried
the spare fuel pump relay from the Rabbit, and the symptoms are the same.
I had changed the fuel tank last year because it was rusting inside the
seam. Since then the car had been running well, and the plugs, wires, cap
rotor and fuel filter were recently changed.
Regards, Mark Petrush.