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Old 02-25-2003, 03:15 AM
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Keep us posted, this is going to be interesting!

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Old 02-26-2003, 03:01 AM
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Thumbs up Finally, Drama Closes On High! Thanks To All!

The final test run was done an hour ago. The result was fantastic. Not a trace of sluggishness, and it was prompt on response.

The dist. cap was the culprit, but along the diagnosis, we have now a clean fuel line.

You may recall that I commented earlier (through a different thread) on how the engine (on an Italian tune-up) blows up some black smoke as if coughing on a choke - and after several blows, the engine is fine without the smoke. Well, it looks like the dist. cap replacement also cured that black smoke emission for now.

After a few more days of running and if everything is well, this would be the final post of thanks for all your comments.

"Thank you"!

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Old 02-26-2003, 03:09 AM
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Thanks for the update. This is good news. Several other postings recently have described poor running and similiar problems that ended with replacing a bad cap/rotor.

I think we all want to believe that because the cars have electronic ignitions that we don't have to check these items as often.

Keep us posted,

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Old 02-26-2003, 03:55 AM
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You have a valid point, Haasman.

Indeed, when we embarked on looking for root of the problem, we started with the fuel system [from the fuel tank right up to the dividier and to the nozzles] - which is only logical. We thought it was a bad fuel supply from somewhere. When that was checked, we then went on to look at the air intake. Then, with the suggestions from our colleagues here, we looked at the sensor and ground although we didn't think it was that simple (we hoped it was, we really did).

Then we started with the ignition box when the problem persisted.

It was only that all else failed that we decided to check on the timing and noticed the distributor cap a little "bald" on the inside. On hindsight, we ought to have tackled this first.

Now, the car runs smooth.

In all actuality, it is very difficult to determine the starting point, and more so, which to follow next. Today's machines are not as straight forward as the 70's Datsun cars.

Anyway, the beer flows yet again, and thank you for your interest and support.

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Old 02-27-2003, 11:28 AM
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Same problem on my 260e. Replaced rotar arm and distributor cap. Appears to have solved the problem.
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Old 02-27-2003, 08:13 PM
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So it is quite a common trait that the problem is traced to the dist. cap. Perhaps it would pay to check that first.
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