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Help needed -- gremlin living in Paseo
After twenty five years and 310,000 miles of service, my Paseo is begging for retirement. Unfortunately, I didn't take my own advice and just pumped a lot of cash into this car (never get emotionally attached to a car), so if anyone can possibly suggest how I can fix it just one last time I would greatly appreciate it. Prices rise each day and I just need one more year out of her.
A few months ago, the car suddenly would not catch -- it would turn over fine and strong, but would not fire. After a trip to the junk yard, I came back with $4 worth of igniters and coils, replaced the ones in the car, and it started right up.
Now, it is doing the same thing, so at the advice of my mechanic I put a brand new coil and distributor cap on, and also tried a few used igniters (ignition modulators), but absolutely would not fire.
I thought of eveything I could but finally took a look at the 15 amp "ignition" fuse and saw that it was blown. I then put another in but it and another blew the second I would try to start the car. I cannot figure out what could have happened -- - a short somewhere in the ignition? In the distributor?? And why will the starter work but the distributor not fire???
I will add two things: (1) the car overheated two weeks ago and for a few days I had to add coolant constantly. A new water pump by my mechanic solved it, but it started running funky during that deluge of coolant. (2) the mechanic had to work around a lot of stuff, and I noticed that a ground wire from the fuel injector was replaced and looks properly grounded. But could he have funked up something else??
As I said, I am desperate here... in four days I need to move this thing to an off-street spot or it will be towed, and it was running better than ever before this gremlin got into the car, so thank any of you in advance for your thoughts and suggestions...