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Cressida Runs Fine When Cool - Dies When Hot

1980 Cressida.
All stock.
Died in the drive thru window while idling.
No warning beforehand.
Let it sit for a while.
Started up for a minute then died again.
No vacuum leaks...all hoses fine.
Is getting fuel to the engine...i managed to flood it.

What is the best way to check the ignition system?
Can i unplug the wire coming from the coil to the distributor and just watch for a spark when cranking?
Or is there a better way to do this systematically without any special tools?

Thanks,
Jon Zaremba
Ogden, UT
 

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Check again for vacuum leaks.
Start it and rev it up.
If it runs at high revs but stalls at low revs then it is most likely a vacuum leak.

Testing the ignition...
Warning - Turn off engine first!
Pull a lead off a spark plug and let it sit real close to a bolt on the top of suspension spring tower (about 2-5mm).
Have a friend start it up and watch for the spark.
Turn off.

- Stepho
 

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You can pull a plug wire while it's running. it's fun. won't hurt anything or anyone, just a little shocking. :p

99% of the time ignition problems don't come and go. they just come and stay.

I agree with likely vacuum issues. there are quite a few lines to leak.

might be the in-tank fuel pump sock/filter. I have a buddy who had that problem: car would run great then start to sputter and finally die. let it sit for 5 minutes and it fires up fine and runs for a little while before it clogs up again.
 

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Thanks for the replies. There is definitely a spark. I spent the past few weekends going through everything in the repair manual, and i'm still having the same problem. If anyone has any suggestions, please let me know. I don't think that it is something clogging the fuel line...given the nature and timing of this issue.

Here's what i did so far:

HOSES
No cracks in any hoses anywhere. Removed hoses to make sure nothing is blocking when they are expanding/contracting.

AIR DELIVERY
Air filter is like new. Nothing clogged anywhere. Removed Air Meter and was sure that it "clicks" when the switch is opened and closed inside. No cracks in Air Chamber. Removed and inspected the Air Valve (on the intake manifold). Made sure the thermostatic switch opens and closes according to temperature. Tested for proper resistance on electrical switch here.

EMISSIONS STUFF
Tested to make sure that all emissions associated valves open and close when they are supposed to. None of them appear to be leaking at all. EGR Valves are also functioning according to the repair manual.

IGNITION
Tested Ignition Coil for proper resistance on both primary and secondary terminals. Replaced coil just for the heck of it, however it did not change car's behavior. Ignition Igniter/Amplifier/Module was tested for 13.5 volts during operation. No cracks or disfiguration in the Rotor or Distributor Cap. Checked for proper resistance on the Distributor (electronic). All associated wires appear fine. Tested for spark when cranking. Sparks fine when hot and cold...even after the car dies, i still get a good spark. Started car when cold and blew a hair drier to heat up the Coil and Module. They became much hotter than when car is operational, and this did not cause the car to die.

COOLING
Checked for proper resistance at Thermo Sensor on thermostat housing. Removed radiator cap to relieve pressure. Coolant in radiator will be cool to the touch, however car will not start until the engine block area cools down sufficiently. Checked Cold Start Switch for proper resistance.

I'm at a loss for what else to check. This problem definitely sounds electrical/ignition related, but i don't know where to look.

I'd greatly appreciate any suggestions or advice. I'll try anything at this point. My Cressida isn't my main source of transportation, so i'm in no hurry...but it's a beautiful car and i want to get it back on the road now that the weather is nice.

http://www.jonzaremba.com/photos/basha/victorville_ca_02.jpg
 

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I'm at a loss. as a last resort, check cam and ignition timing.

That is indeed a beautiful car.
 

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Thank you. It is a shame to have it garaged like this for so long!

Cam and timing are both fine. It has been getting worse. Used to run for a good 20 minutes. Now it runs for maybe 5 before it dies. And it doesn't want to start back up again for several hours now (used to be 1 max). Whatever is breaking, is pretty much broke.

Spent the day fiddling some more. Replaced the CO2 sensor and check the fuel system (even though this is not a fuel related problem). Replaced the fuel filter just to be safe. No dice.

I will be towing it to a mechanic next week i reckon...

Sigh...
 
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