Dying Dizzy?

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SirFoxx
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Dying Dizzy?

Post by SirFoxx » Wed Sep 20, 2017 7:39 am

Quick question--

I was on my way to work this morning, and noticed that my tach started bouncing around 3-5k erratically, then the car started shuttering for a few seconds, then the tach and engine was fine. This happened every gear shift for the first 5 minutes, then it started losing power real bad. I pulled over, expecting the engine to stall. But no, it idled fine.

After calling my boss from the side of the road, I pulled away and it drove fine all the way back home. My question is, what in the dizzy could be dying? I've replaced the cap, rotor, and coil already in the past few months. My thoughts are either the condenser or the pickup coil...

On a side note, I replaced the coil awhile ago because I noticed that my spark was orange. The new coil didn't change the spark color. Could these two issues be connected or no..?

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Re: Dying Dizzy?

Post by Petros » Wed Sep 20, 2017 10:24 am

perhaps. you should have a bluish white spark, that makes a strong "snap, snap, snap" sound when it is tested.

you might check all our contacts and connections, almost sounds like a loose connection.
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Re: Dying Dizzy?

Post by garyfish » Fri Sep 29, 2017 3:10 am

check out this thread... sounds like yours could be a similar issue

viewtopic.php?f=2&t=9750

if you get a chance at some point, please check back in here with a brief status report to let us know if and/or how you resolved the problem
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Re: Dying Dizzy?

Post by SirFoxx » Fri Oct 06, 2017 10:28 pm

I got the motor back in my car (again) and tried the dizzy after replacing the pickup. It was acting like the timing was waaaaaay off, and after trying to start it, you could hear an audible clicking from the dizzy itself. Not sure what would be making a clicking sound aside from electrical arcing. My next step is to get a icm for it, and figure out how to get the old one out. For now, I swapped the dizzy from my '85 into my '88 so I can at least drive it for now.

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