1988 Chrysler 5th Avenue

  • V8
  • 2WD
  • 90,000 MILES
I have replaced the following, plugs, wires, dist cap and rotor, ballast resistor, ignition coil. And the ignition mod THREE TIMES. Had it in a shop and they also replaced a ground wire, where I don't know.I had it started a few days ago, drove it for less then a minute then it stalled, and haven't been able to start it again. The starter turns over but it dosn't want to run. It is getting gas. And i'm not sure if it a electrical problem, if it is could it be the fusible links.

rear wheel drive 318 5.2 L
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Tuesday, September 1st, 2009 AT 7:21 PM

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If my memory serves me correctly, because even in 1988 or 89 we didn't have many problems I will tell you 3 things that could be what is wrong. Number one is it may be a distributor problem, there was a magnetic pulse it provided for spark. It provided a signal for the control unit to use for primary ignition control that provided the proper spark at the proper time. With that mileage just replace the distributer if it comes up bad when checking it, because although it is sold seperately, the distributor shaft could be bad. TWO The ignition switch could be bad. THREE it could be a connector or wiring problem. Check the connector for the ECU, dist. Connector and generally all the underhood wiring for intermittant shorts or open circuits. A fuse link burns from overload and stays burned so I don't think that is it but check around there just in case it did burn out because of a short circuit. The ballast resistor may be bad again because because of a wiring problem. So tell your shop that some Dodge technician said that the distributers had problems, the ignition switch may be bad or maybe a fusible link did burn if there is now never any spark ever now. Then it has to be wiring, connector or faulty ground for ECU. OK. Good luck, not much else to it but with age sometimes wiring gets old and distributors do also. With a 12 volt test light and no spark a circuit can be checked starting at the two small coil terminals and work your way back through the harness if it is intermittant and only happens every once in a while it is usually a problem with the distributor switch. If thats it replace the whole distributor. Ok friend.
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Monday, September 14th, 2009 AT 11:18 PM

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