1995 Cirrus complete nightmare... no start

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Old 03-22-07, 05:18 AM
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Angry 1995 Cirrus complete nightmare... no start

My dad is a mechanic and he gave me this car cause he couldnt figure out the problem and was tired of pushing it all the time. My dad replaced the distributor and he said it ran good for a little over a week then it started doing it again. So a couple mechanics told me it was the distributor and I didntthink so. but they convinced me to buy another so i did. I installed it and ran so much worse. Once it heats up it will miss and stall/no start when it wants to. I come/go back an hour or so later it will start. Its unbelievabl. I dont freakin get it. PLEASE PLEASE HELP ANYONE. ITS BEEN LIKE THIS FOR OVER 2 MNTHS
 

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Old 03-22-07, 05:56 AM
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Some info on your ignition system:

http://www.autozone.com/servlet/UiBroker?ForwardPage=/az/cds/en_us/0900823d/80/1e/cf/00/0900823d801ecf00.jsp

I notice one of the troubleshooting steps is to check resistance on the resistor in the distributor cap (hadn't heard that one before). Has the same distributor cap been used throughout your problems?
 
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Old 03-22-07, 01:07 PM
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did you check your cranksensor, camshaft sensor(if this car has one),
when you replaced your distributor,did that include the electronic pickup ?
those electronic sensor can have intermittent failure (due to heat), producing the symptoms you describe.
 
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Old 03-22-07, 03:51 PM
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Originally Posted by the_tow_guy View Post
Some info on your ignition system:

http://www.autozone.com/servlet/UiBroker?ForwardPage=/az/cds/en_us/0900823d/80/1e/cf/00/0900823d801ecf00.jsp

I notice one of the troubleshooting steps is to check resistance on the resistor in the distributor cap (hadn't heard that one before). Has the same distributor cap been used throughout your problems?
Ya, my dad had replaced just the dist and used the old cap. BUT, I bought a whole new distributor cap and all and it ran even worse. I am gonna def use that troubleshooting page asap. Im starting to think that my plug wires are a little on the bad side and might be overheating the coil. The coil in these cars are horrible. well sse though, thanks bud..
 
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Old 03-22-07, 03:55 PM
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Originally Posted by markthehermit View Post
did you check your cranksensor, camshaft sensor(if this car has one),
when you replaced your distributor,did that include the electronic pickup ?
those electronic sensor can have intermittent failure (due to heat), producing the symptoms you describe.
My dad said he replaced that at the same time but heard if you dont install carefully or the correct way that they fail pretty quickly so next time I remove the distributor, im gonna replace that as well. Where is that stupid thing anyway? I know its somewhere under the dist on the trans bellhousing right?
 
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