I used to have this problem on an entirely different make (Nissan) of
vehicle. Turned out to be a corroded wire near the main fuses coming
off the battery. Also had this problem on a 86 Lincoln Town Car and
it turned out to be a bad pick-up coil in the distributor. It was
sending the correct fault code for the bad part which made it easy to
I know this probably irrelevant to your problem but its a couple more
things to take a look at.
Just goes dead. Used to be that it was every day or so, but yesterday,
it wouldn't even make it out of the garage. I have changed out the TFI
module, but no change in the outcome. I have begun to think fuel,
rather than fire. I have been hesitant to think this because of what
has been replaced (fuel pump and filter). I need to add that the tach
does drop of when this happens. If at an idle, about as fast as a lack
of fuel stall. At 70mph, drops off real quick, will hit zero in about
1/4 second. Wiring problems are also on my mind, but I have been
through most of it. Other than what goes through the firewall,
everything has been checked. Same with vacuum hoses. I know that there
is the possibility of getting bad parts, but the codes don't lead to
this. Two other things I have thought of, bad ignition switch (the
recall was for TFI unit, but I don't know how to check a bad Ign.
switch) or a bad clutch/start switch.
This is a Maryland car, not California, which makes it a pain to smog,
if that helps. Steve
Great, just had one in my hands this weekend, but both the module and
the cap bolt holes stripped out (rebuild), so I took it back. I know
that there is a piece of electronics in the distributor that looks to
only be replaced when the distributor is replaced. Is there a way to
check the distributor out?
you are looking for a wobbly main shaft...if it is real bad you may be
able to feel it if you take the cap off and wiggle it back an dforth.
there should be no free play,'
have a 93 taurus that last august, abot 1nc a week, would essentially
die for 5 seconds at a time...then continue running. only in hot
weather it seems, but it was hot in july and september too...would
happen at 70 or idel (would die at idle, would run again if driving
replaced some parts, tested others, tried known good used prats off a
friends car. problem resolved itself about sept 10 or so....odd.
On Mon, 23 Jun 2003 18:59:32 -0700, Naughtoon
Life is hard.
Life is harder when you're stupid.
Chris is right... or the pickup is flaky.. may not be the distributor
The tach dropping off is the flag.
Coils dont act like that... so, if it isnt the ign switch, it's almost
certain the pickup.
USUALLY the ignition switch gets really warm if it's the culprit.
Just get the whole distributor from a salvage yard, check shaft for side
This may not apply in your case, but it sounded similar enough to post
about. I had an 89 Crown Vic that would do basically the same thing.
I'd be riding down the road, and it was like you just shut the engine
off. Then there were times I would turn the key in my driveway and
nothing would happen. Took it to three different shops, all gave up
on it. Mentioned it to a backyard mechanic friend of mine. He popped
the hood and identified the trouble within 2 minutes. One of the big
electrical connectors (the round one with about 12 connector pins
inside) had become corroded. Bought some battery terminal cleaner,
cleaned it out really good, and never had that problem again. You
said you had checked all of the wiring, but I thought I'd throw it out
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