My truck stops running in 2 different ways. Either when I first start it, or anytime afterwards. At start up you hear the engine fire for 1 quick second and then she quits. NOT fuel related, you can see it is putting fuel to the carb. There just is no spark. You can turn 'er over all you want and you will just flood it. OR I may be driving down the road, slow to an intersection and, poof, she quits, instantly, no chuging, backfiring or anything. Only one time in the 10 times it has done this has it not shut off imediately. I actually "saved" it, I sensed that it was starting to run rough for 2 seconds and I pumped several times to rev the engine and it re-fired. Don't know why. You could smell the gas and see the black smoke from the tailpipe. We did change the "black box" inside the distribuator cap and that seemed to have worked for the last few monts. But the demon has returned to wreek havoc again. The black box may be a bandaid to a different problem, and I would rather get to the root of the evil rather than throw money at open hands. The garage(S) that I have taken it to can't tell me anything because no service engine light ever recorded and by the time I get it to the garage, it will start like normal. (Which by the way in the past has always been super). One mechanic told me I had a busted timing belt, but of course then it started. Needless to say he was surprised.
If you have an idea, that would be cool. I really like the old beast and really don't want to have to go buy something different or new. A paid for vehicle is much easier on the monthly expenses.
have the same problem?
Tuesday, October 21st, 2008 AT 9:00 AM