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PCC 09-21-2003 04:34 PM

Coil Issues
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Cold starting has returned!!!

Symptoms are no spark when cold. However push into the sun for 10 minutes and fires first time all be it it does seem to miss a beat.

Could this be a dodgy coil in that it needs some warmth to get it going?

After starting, fires everytime.

Engine is a 302 Windsor (Fairline 96) with EFI.

Please help.

Now I can upload, picture attached:

PCC (Peter)

Shelby400 09-22-2003 04:35 PM

Think yourself lucky you don't live in Melbourne. You would never get it started down there.

I can't imagine it would be the coil. Usually coils break down if they get too hot.

Aussie Mike 09-22-2003 05:44 PM

Hi Peter,

I remember seing your car advertised in Unique Cars, very nice.

I have to agree with Brian on this one, I think you have a dry joint or a cracked circuit board some where. Putting the engine in the sun is heating up the dodgy joint so it expands and makes contact again. Once the engine is running the engine heat keeps the contact closed but once everything cools down the dodgy connection contracts and breaks contact.


PCC 09-22-2003 06:41 PM

Thanks Guys

Your'e right its not the coil.

I'm told that it is highly likely that there is some moisture lurking where the TFI module sits on the distributor. That could be why it needs the QLD sun (for 10 minutes) to dry it out.

It could well be that the only one time that I washed it, water got in through the bonnet scoop and saturated the module - no more washing!!!

I'll unbolt the TFI module and re-caulk it. If that doesn't fix it I think it will be a new module.

Thanks again for your advice.

PCC (Peter)

PCC 09-23-2003 03:27 AM

Latest on the dreaded no start when it is cold problem.

After looking to remove the TFI Module, which is a typically Ford - You can't get at the torque bolts (torx spanner the next purchase), I discovered that there was seaping from either the bypass or top hose (or both), which under pressure may have been dampening the module.

Will see in the morning if the probelm has gone.

PCC (Peter)

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