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 Post subject: EL stopped at highway speed and now won't start - no spark
Posted: Tue May 01, 2007 11:13 am 
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Hi,

Just bought a 98 EL Gli Ford on LPG only 143,000 kms. It has a sprintgas self learning feedback system.

First I noticed a miss at idle sometimes.

Then I was taking the car up the road to show the kids, gave it a bootful and it just stopped. Took hours before it would start again. Hard to get started, backfired once, wanted to start and then finally did. Was rough at idle but once revs were up it purred.

Next just left it idling in the paddock and after about 5 minutes motor stopped and would not start. Left it for hours. Then it just started straight away easily.

Then came the worst of it. Started the Ford, left it idling for 3/4 hour, revved it. No problems. Decided to take one of my kids to a sleep over 30 minutes away out in the bush. Got there not a problem. Cold start hours later, no problem. Then half way home on a straight gave it a bootful. Engine stopped at Highway speed. We rolled to a stop. Waited in the car for 7 hours with my missus and 9 week old baby (not much traffic out here) periodically trying to start it. Car would not start. Got a lift home at 1.30 am.

Had to get it towed home.

NOW CAR WILL NOT START AT ALL. Turns over. Can smell gas. No spark!

Can anyone HELP we are desperate and cannot access a mechanic unless we can start the car, to far away! If we were in a petrol car we feel as if we would have been able to get home.

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Posted: Tue May 01, 2007 12:07 pm 
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sounds to me like the gas converter froze up. I have had this happen too. reason may be the pre-heating is not working in the gas regulator.Check the coolant levels, heater tap etc. You probably need it fixed by a gas mechanic. I think it will start if you fix the vaccuum leaks caused by the backfires. Check the hose to the MAP sensor, the PCV valve hose (THE PCV VALVE NEEDS TO BE REPLACED WITH A METAL ONE SUITABLE FOR LPG.)
A vaccuum leak will prevent starting with gas in my experience. You may need special spark leads too that are suitable for gas I have had to replace mine before it causes backfires.
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Posted: Tue May 01, 2007 12:43 pm 
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Thx for the reply. Checking those things now

It has new lpg leads.

There are major splits in air box hose. The air box and filter are in poor order so will attend to getting vaccum pressure and installing new air filter which i have at hand.

Have to try and get a good look at cap rotor etc. Can the dizzy be removed without removing intake pipes?

I can smell gas when attempting to start the car so would that mean the converter heating is good.

When spark plug removed and tested for spark there is nothing.

Will check for corrossion at lead ends going into dizzy.

Mate comming up with multimeter :-)

Will let u know how it goes.
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Posted: Tue May 01, 2007 1:18 pm 
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perhaps the coil?
You may have more than one problem.
I would expect a definite vaccuum hose issue.
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Posted: Tue May 01, 2007 1:44 pm 
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About to start with vaccum fixed at intake.

Where is the coil located?

How do i get it to spit codes from ECU without handheld unit

Getting Gregories or eqivalent tomorrow and a multimeter.
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Posted: Tue May 01, 2007 2:11 pm 
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most likely to be a coil on an EL. Could also be the TFI module in the dizzy or an ECU, but my money is on the coil. Its on the passenger side of the engine block just in front of the starter motor. Best accessed from under the car.
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Posted: Tue May 01, 2007 11:50 pm 
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Thx for the help.

It is straight gas and the injectors are all disconected.

The dizzy appears original and the terminals on it are corroded so will get a new 1.

How long do the TFI modules statistically last lol. There is a bit on the web about them failing on busy roads in america where at times u have a 1 in 2 chance of being hit when your car stops after a tfi module fails. Ouch!

The coil appears original but terminal is clean.

Had to go to town at last minute so will have a go with the multi-meter tomorrow and check leads dizzy :shock: coil etc.

How do i check the tfi module without swapping out?

How do i clone myself?

Will let u know how i go tomorrow.

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Posted: Wed May 02, 2007 12:26 am 
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yeah its probabley a ignition system problem....and i would start by replacing the dizzy (which has integral TFI) and coil with good 2nd hand ones, should be cheap

 

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Posted: Fri May 04, 2007 3:40 pm 
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Just got to install coil just then. Car started but died after warming up.

No spark again after testing.

Another thourough testing of cap and leads i noticed end of a lead going to dizzy terminal (no. 5 i think) the rubber is soft and squishy. So i guess termianal is getting very hot.

What causes this?

Will try new dizzy cap then whole dizzy if no fix. And of course a new set of leads.
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Posted: Fri May 04, 2007 4:34 pm 
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a1able wrote:

Another thourough testing of cap and leads i noticed end of a lead going to dizzy terminal (no. 5 i think) the rubber is soft and squishy. So i guess termianal is getting very hot.

What causes this?

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Assuming its not general heat soak from the motor and assuming it is a heat problem - a high amount of resistance will generate a lot of heat in an electrical connection. ie. poor conduction of electricity i.e. loose/broken terminal.

Your symptoms suggest to me that the TFI module on the side of the distributor needs looking at. They always had problems in the USA when TFI was mounted to the distributor (close to motor and thick film ignition materials do not like heat!). I believe this is the dysfunctional component of my ingition system altho i have not yet verified this.

Try and get your hands on a known working TFI module. Unfortunately the wreckers will generally sell you the complete dizzy.

FYI the TFI module implements the ignition advance being requested by the ECU and also provides the ECU with information regarding the position of the crank.

 

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Posted: Sun May 06, 2007 6:03 pm 
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Its always a good idea to slap some heat sink compound on under the ignition module to aid head dissipation. I have done it on several cars in the past and never had a problem with the ignition.
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Posted: Mon May 07, 2007 10:20 am 
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Thx for the help!

Aquired dizzy from wreckers and replaced cap and cleaned rotor. The carbon rod was gone and the dizzy appeared to be arcing using the spring. Wow!

I figured this had to be the problem but after 5 min test drive with new cap it died again. Another tow home.

Not sure if ill install the whole dizzy or maybe i can mark dizzy on block at tdc No.1 and twist, gain access to retaining screws, and replace tfi unit without removing whole dizzy.

The heat sink compound is a good idea ill get to that too. Thx Richard.

Only had a couple of hours to work on it yesterday. Should narrow down the fault today if i have time or at least get closer :)
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Posted: Mon May 07, 2007 6:40 pm 
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Replaced dizzy (from wreckers as won't buy new till i know what problem is).

Waiting for battery to charge up a bit before i try to start but YAY i have spark again. Looks like it was "TFI" unit all along.

Mate on his way with timing light to check base timing and yes i did mark old dizzy and judge mark on new dizzy. Tried to start a couple of times once spark established but battery low from night tow yesterday.

Will try agian in an hour after tea.
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Posted: Mon May 07, 2007 7:00 pm 
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Good work a1able. Will be great to hear your results. I think the damned TFI module has been responsible for a lot of misdiagnosed faults (and unnecesary replacement of parts!) on these engines.

Big class suits against FoMoCo in the USA as a result of these things. I guess we're not a nation of litigators... yet :)

 

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Posted: Tue May 08, 2007 12:15 am 
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Still not enough power to fire but cranks ok (small charger) will try in the morning as im too tired to try another battery from a different car.
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