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Re: Fuel pump / line...?

To: "W. R. Gibbons" <>
Subject: Re: Fuel pump / line...?
From: Don Mathis <>
Date: Wed, 10 Apr 1996 15:42:47 -0400
At 02:23 PM 4/10/96 -0400, you wrote:
>On Mon, 8 Apr 1996 wrote:
>> course I listened to the engine, silly boy. :)  When one pushes on the gas
>> pedal and nothing happens, it generally gives me the indication that the
>> engine is definately not running properly.  :)  I wouldn't blame the tach for
>> this...when I said it still ran, I didn't mean at just behaved as
>> if it did (ie. starter grind), but there was no throttle response, as if it
>> was barely getting any fuel.   What I may have left out, which could give you
>> the impression that I am engine-deaf, is the fact that soon after this
>> "sort-of-running-but no-throttle-response" phenominon happens, the engine
>> dies completely.  I understand this sounds really bizzarre...but it is the
>I think before any of us can guess what might do this, we need to know 
>exactly what happened.  You are driving down the road and suddenly power 
>disappears at which point the tach drops to zero--right?
>Then you say you push on the gas, there is no response, and the engine
>dies completely?  Dies completely implies you somehow knew it had not
>really died, and then could tell that it had died???  What was it doing
>before you pushed on the gas--running, but badly, with the tach reading
>zero?  When you tried the starter, you got a grinding noise--what was the
>engine doing at that point?  Running?  Not running?  When you tried the
>starter, was the car moving?  Was the clutch depressed or released? 
>   Ray Gibbons  Dept. of Molecular Physiology & Biophysics
>                Univ. of Vermont College of Medicine, Burlington, VT
>        (802) 656-8910
> okay ??!!  You sound like you're getting reeal uptight!!  Why
don't you get up and run around the building once or twice.  

Don Mathis,Ph.D.
Member of Technical Staff
        Bell Labs Innovations
Norcross, Georgia
'61 MGA     '37 Bentley

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