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« on: August 04, 2012, 09:25:40 PM »

Wife called from store and said the diesel and gas fuel pump control systems were 'down'.  I hopped in my Duster and drove the 13 miles to the store.  Replaced the battery and disassembled the face/touch plate.  Reassembled and everything worked again.  I think one of the board connectors was misconnecting.  Hopefully I've fixed it permanently.

Driving down the highway home and the car shuts off.  Dead.  I smell hot wires and stomp the brake, grab the side of the road, run to the trunk and yank the battery post off.  Lotsa sparks!  I open the hood, everything is hot (of course) and I move the wires around, maybe finding a couple touching a post?

Drive down the road about a mile and it shuts down again.  Agains sparks and Battery terminal is hot.  Can't find anything under the hood but the car starts up and off I go.  ... about a mile and I grabe the side of the road, battery disconnect, and can't find anything wrong under the hood again!  This time the key won't energize the starter.  I take a screwdriver and vroom, away I go.   Another mile, back to the side of the road.  Disconnect Battery and then reconnect it because once the sparks stop ... the short circuit is gone.  Obviously an electronic problem.  This time I have no spark.  I bypassed the igniton on the dist side of the resistor, nothing.  I pull the dist cap, but it looks good.  MSD 6+ isn't hot.  I hang around cleaning the engine, manifold, etc.  Wife will be bye in an hour so ...   6 cars went bye and 5 of them stopped to offer help/ride/information/etc.  Told them all I was fine and would only be in trouble if the wife went Full Throttle when she saw me  :lol: :lol: 

I sat in the car and turned on the stereo.  Suddenly, a brainstorm/idea.  I got out, disconnected my upgraded modern 110amp alternator and used my screwdriver in my plugwire to see - SPARK!  :2thumbsup:  I plugged the wire back on the plug, shorted out the starter relay fired the engine and drove home.   :D
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« Reply #1 on: August 04, 2013, 07:41:05 AM »

What a day...


I know this is an old thread.  It's just interesting what reading history brings.  The sights, sounds and roadside tech skills
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« Reply #2 on: August 04, 2013, 08:55:52 AM »

Being another year ...  the Duster is gonna be fired up and taken out of the trailer this week.  Next weekend is Hot Night in the City car show in Kamloops and I have two of my grandkids here now.  Since they live in Kamloops I'm planning to go over the Duster this week and take them home to Kamloops in the Duster and spend the day at the car show.  I didn't use the Duster to do the Anahim Lake Rodeo parade this year and no weddings.  Car has to be used or it will deteriorate.



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« Reply #3 on: August 04, 2013, 10:12:51 AM »

If you have any car trouble let me know, I will be up there in my Viper truck and can give the old Duster a hand if it needs it. :2thumbsup:
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« Reply #4 on: August 04, 2013, 11:34:18 AM »

Sounds like a lot of fun
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« Reply #5 on: August 04, 2013, 04:40:47 PM »

 :2thumbsup:
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« Reply #6 on: August 04, 2013, 05:16:55 PM »

Oh and as always, we need ( or want) a story
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« Reply #7 on: August 04, 2013, 11:19:05 PM »

Much as I have my problems ... I prefer when it's ME helping the other guy ...   :P
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« Reply #8 on: August 05, 2013, 07:13:00 AM »

It does cost less money that way
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« Reply #9 on: August 05, 2013, 11:41:37 AM »

Thank God you had your screwdriver with you.  :hayes:
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« Reply #10 on: August 05, 2013, 12:14:20 PM »

Could have started car with a GM key ... as long as the extra cuts don't stop the key from working on the GM

Screwdriver just activates the starter soldnoid a lot more times than a GM key would.     :D
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« Reply #11 on: August 05, 2013, 03:48:29 PM »

Thank God you had your screwdriver with you.  :hayes:

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