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"I can't go to Cleveland... My D melted." -DanRC30
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May 28 - June 2, 2000
| I'm anxiously preparing the Vixen for the trip to Cleveland in a couple
of weeks, but I had an engine problem that was driving me nuts. You can
chalk this one up in the "Intermittent Failure" category on the Zen
The frequency valve circuit worked intermittently. Some days it worked just fine, others not at all. My situation was that I currently did not have an Oxygen sensor attached, as I still need to have the nut welded onto my exhaust pipe.
What I Tested:
- There was power from the RPM relay when the engine is running.
- There was constant power from the fuse.
- The relay was functioning correctly.
- The temp. sensor was functioning okay.
- When the full-throttle microswich is triggered, the frequence valve did operate.
I was under the assumption that the Lambda ECU was shot. I jumped to the wrong conclusion. Darryl Tinnerstet guessed the correct answer -- a bad ground wire. It was the one from under the resistors to the engine block. The wire -looked- just fine, but only worked when I wiggled it. New connector, and voila! Running fine. Of course, she could probably
use a good tune up, but a running car is a good place to start.
Ever since I got my brakes hooked up, I've been able to 'drive' the car around a bit. Pretty strange site to my neighbors, I'm sure. I've heard the car described as 1) a dune buggy, 2) a Fiero, and 3) a go-kart. Huh. Well, they aren't "car people" I guess.
For an untuned, stripped down little car, she sure does get up and go, though. Of course, I haven't left my street yet, or shifted out of first, but I can feel quite a bit of pep when those turbos get to kickin'.
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