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RE: Why Is My Engine Cutting Out?

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Subject: RE: Why Is My Engine Cutting Out?
From: "Palmer, Lew (UCI)" <>
Date: Mon, 15 Jan 96 08:31:00 PST
Gary -

It's amazing to me that so many times a part is replaced on an MG citing 
reliability as the motivation, only to find out a while later that although 
the replacement may not need as much maintenance as the original, the 
replacement fails suddenly and completely.

I find this true with electronic ignition, SU fuel pumps, and any such 
electro-mechanical device. Gives one pause to wonder, doesn't it?

Lew Palmer
From: mgs-owner
To: mgs
Subject: Why Is My Engine Cutting Out?
Date: Saturday, January 13, 1996 6:22PM

I went out today to start laying out a rally route for the local MG club. 
was a great top-down spring-like day here in Houston, Texas (my apologies to
those who are still snowbound) and my 1977 Midget was running great...that 
until I had a brief but very distinct cut out in the engine.  I noticed that
the tach went dead at the moment of the cutout.  One or two splutters and 
engine was back in pace and I got home without any further episode.  This 
happen once before two or three weeks ago when I was accelerating onto the

I have electronic ignition and have replaced the module twice since the car
was new.  This cut out sort of reminded me of the problem I had before that
prompted me to replace the ingnition module except then it would completely
shut down for several minutes before it would restart.

I can often fix things after I know what's wrong but I'm not very good at
diagnosis.  My guess is that the problem is in the electrics since the tach
died when the engine cut out.  Does it sound like these are the first 
of failure for the electronic ignition or should I be looking elsewhere? 
input would be helpful.

Thanks in advance.

Gary Watson

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