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Got it started ! Re: Sudden Engine Stoppage - No restart

Subject: Got it started ! Re: Sudden Engine Stoppage - No restart
From: Eugene Balinski <>
Date: Sun, 01 Apr 2001 23:48:53 -0300

   Thanks to all who replied.  There were some good hints.  
However, it was NOT the spark as I first suspected. It apparently
is/was a fuel problem as others mentoned.  I also began to suspect the fuel
system when 
the plugs that I removed/replaced were not wet with gasoline,
nor was there a heavy raw gas smell in the exhaust.  So I decided to 
check the fuel system.   

   The electric fuel pump seemed to be working as it was making the
proper noise.  To verfy this, I began to remove the rubber gas line 
from a device that is bolted to the engine compartment and 
is located  between the clear fuel filter and 
the carb.  It appears to be a pressure regulator of some sort.  

When I removed the gas line, the gasoline squirted out under pressure.
A good sign, I guess.  The interesting part was that this device had
a plunger-type device on the top.  It reminded me of a priming 
device.  So I reconnected the gas line, depressed the plunger a few times, 
and tried to start the car.  It coughed on the first try, and started
on the second !  Oil pressure came right up to 75 PSI.

Now the not-so-good news.  Apparently the automatic choke is stuck as the
went to 1500 RPM and the to 2900.  I could not "knock" off the choke 
with the throttle.  Is this normal for the Z-S carb ?  Will a little choke
cleaner fix it ?

   Thanks for any help,

      Gene 80 B

At 08:23 AM 3/12/01 EST, wrote:
>In a message dated 3/11/2001 8:57:27 PM Eastern Standard Time, 
> writes:
><<   Is this type of
> failure indicitive of 
> a bad ballast resistor ?  Maybe a coil that has opened up although I wo >>
>If the ballast resistor is bad the engine will start but the moment you put 
>the ignition switch in the normal drive position the engine will die, restart 
>and the same thing will happen again.
>Jerry Rein

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