No, the check engine light isn't showing (I may have misspoken, it was the malfunction indicator lamp that would stay on), but I'm wondering if the malfunction indicator was disconnected. If the distributor needed to be replaced, wouldn't it this lamp be on?
Unfortunately, I don't know the diagnostic trouble code. After the 3rd repair, I thought to ask for the codes, but was told they didn't have them.
Initially, when the car stalled in warm weather, the dashboard lights would all flicker quickly several times and then the car would stall. Now, however, the dashboard lights don't flicker when it stalls. The only light that comes on is the immobilizer system indicator which flashes several times and the car stalls.
I just took it for a drive around our neighborhood. The speed limit is 30. When I drove it at a constant speed of 26-30, the car stalled at 0.1 and again 0.2 of a mile. When I increased my speed to around 40, the car kept running for about 0.5 of a mile but stalled when I came to a stop sign. This was the only time when the dashboard lights flickered briefly. Each time I tried to start the car, it was difficult and took maybe 5-6 tries and I waited a couple of minutes between tries. They told me the car would start if I turned on the ignition and held the key for a second or two, but that didn't really work.
Wednesday, April 8th, 2009 AT 2:01 PM