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Old 11-06-2012, 08:53 PM
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hi, I recently purchased a 1988 ram van from someone who was willing to take payments from me on my un-employment checks the van has been sitting for 2 years. I got it running and now when I'm driving down the road it will suddenly shut off ( like turning off the key) sometimes it will start right back up other times it won't. In tampering with it when this happens I found it has no spark and the coil gets almost too hot to hold on to. I put another coil on it but it still does the same thing. being on un-employment I cant guess at it (try this or that) this is a common problem with the vans and trucks with over 100,000 miles on them. Please if anyone has had this problem let me know how to fix it. thx.
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Sounds like textbook distributor ignition pick-up failure. The part fits in the distributor, beneath the rotor. Held in by 2 screws that are accessed on the outside of the distributor. Prices range from $15-$35.
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Old 11-15-2012, 01:40 AM
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If that doesn't work (what Gen1dak mention), try the TPS sensor. Atleast on the vans its much easier to replace since you can get back of the motor. Those TPS sensors can start doing funny stuff.
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Never seen a TPS cause one to shut off while driving down the road. A failed Crank Position Sensor is more likely, or even a fuel pump issue.
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I apologize for the mislead information. I meant to say CPS, not TPS.
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At the risk of coming across as snotty, it's actually CKP for the crank and CMP for the cam. Not sure who came up with that, but it's the accepted standard.
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You could probably isolate whether or not it's the fuel pump for free at Autozone, they used to lend tools for free. OR, if it doesn't start right away, thump the fuel tank with a shovel or something, when it's being a bad actor. I no longer have access to an Autozone store, so I don't know if they still do that, I've been in the boonies for nearly 18 years now, things change...
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