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Restarting MG failure

Subject: Restarting MG failure
From: john peloquin <>
Date: Thu, 24 Jun 1999 11:02:28 -0700 (PDT)
Dear Netters:

I hope to use the combined wisdom of the net to solve my latest MG
I finally replaced the fender of my GT that my missus crunched. I want to
go get it painted, but that means I have to start it etc.

The car started immediately and idled fine for several minutes. Then the
engine started to stumble, more and more, then quit. I tried to stave off
the quitting by depressing the accelerator, which helped a little however
I could not get the car restarted. Since it was late in the day, I again
disconnected the battery and resolved to deal with this another day. Well,
today is another day.

Before I left, I checked the plugs for fouling or flooding. They were just
right, so flooding or oil fouling wasn't at fault AFAIK.

I intend to check the fuel lines to the carbs and see if there is fuel
geting there for starters. If there is a block in the lines, then I will
check back along the lines to the tank etc.

However, if it is not the fuel lines, I suppose I will have to check the
ignition system.

I didn't drive the car for about 4 months. I put some Stabil fuel
stabilizer in the gas but I don't know if it was enough.

Could the fuel have gone so bad in this time as to not burn? 

"Never ascribe to Malice that which can be explained by Ignorance."
John J. Peloquin, Assistant Research Entomologist
Entomology, University of California, Riverside, CA 92521

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