I believe you do in fact have the same problem I have had with my 93 Capri. I think I may have a solution. Beyond the simplistic nature of calling one of those "$100-$500 for your car. We pick up" guys.
(actually had one at my home today picking up an 88GMC Truck and he offered me $1000.00 cash for the Capri?) Anyway, Your problem sounds like what I had with mine.I say had because I have 'potentialy' fixed mine, at least I think I have. The problem may all start with the air box electrical controls. ( The box with the external coil mounted on it)In order for the computer to be able to send a signal to the injectors for activation, this air box must be functioning properly. There is an aluminum 'flapper' just inside the box at the air intake ducting side. The flapper only operates when the engine is turned over due to vacum/suction from the engine. If the flapper does not operate freely, or the electrical contacts within the box are not properly making contact due to normal wear-n-tear, the signal for the computer to send an electrical charge to the injectors may be intermitent at best. At this point with this car, I would be considered a 'resident expert' with how they built the dang thing, and with how all its idiosincratic (sp) issues are suppossed to all work in sequence together. I am no longer walking and back to getting my 40 mpg. Take the air box off, try and manually operate the flapper to verify function, remove/pry the black plastic cover top off that houses the electrical components. Should be a funky looking circuit board and a spring loaded contraption inside. Clean all contact points, and the entire component with WD-40 and then with a quick spray with break clean. Blow dry it with a small burst of air. Make sure the spring loaded thing is functioning by manually moving it back and forth. Leave the plastic cover off and reinstall the air box on the vehicle. Hook up coil and the electrical connector that plugs into the box. Attempt to start the vehicle and if it starts, go to the box and 'tinker' with that spring loaded contraption to see how the thing shuts down the engine if its not properly functioning. Also-check your spark plug wires! They are prone to loosing spark to the #2 cylinder. This engine, due to the 'hemi' style head allows water to get down into the spark plug hole, and over time degrades the plug wires. Change them out even if you think they're bad. Cheap ones at Auto Value otr NAPA. Leave the plastic cover off for a while if things seem ok and if it dies on you, manually operate that spring loaded thing and try and restart again. Good Luck and happy trails.
Monday, August 18th, 2008 AT 2:52 PM