View Full Version : dying engine

03-13-2005, 10:10 PM
While driving along at 60-65kmph, the engine just stops, then starts up while coasting, clutch in?

03-13-2005, 10:43 PM
Is the fuel line blocked? Sounds like an engine starved for fuel to me.

03-19-2005, 09:06 PM
clutch in means pedal depressed? If so very strange

03-28-2005, 02:23 AM
Did you sort this out?

When you say "die", does the car buck and shudder causing you to loose speed slowly as the engine fails? Or, does the engine stop "bang" and the car's nose lurches down to the pavement until you push in the clutch?

Fuel failures will be bucking, jerking, shaking stops. Ignition failures will be quick and complete unless it's an overworked ignition coil (or a weird condenser failure) .

You said the engine restarts while coasting with the clutch pushed in? Pedal down? That makes no sense as there is nothing causing the engine to want to turn over if the clutch is in and you haven't touched the ignition key.

05-23-2005, 02:03 AM
Solved the problem by taking out the Petronix ignition and putting in the old points and rotor. Runs great now. Thank you everyone for your thoughts.

05-23-2005, 09:23 AM
Good job! The folks at Pertronix have a good reputation for customer service and honoring their warranty. I'd give them a call and see about getting a new unit.

What some of us learned from our conversations with their tech department is that while the Pertronix is nearly bullet proof, you should never leave the ignition on for more than a couple of minutes w/o the engine running. For most of us, that means if you're setting the static timing, do it quickly and switch off the ignition as soon as you can. If you don't it can overheat the module making it fail or shorten its life.