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Old 04-28-2009, 08:26 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Car dies when warm. Won't restart. Dizzy? I've tested it.

I have an 89 Civic Wagon that came with a d16a6. It now has an obd1 JDM D15B. I am running it on a P28 ECU. It ran great for a year this way but now it dies after it warms up and will not restart for about a half hour. I put a new distributor in about 6 months ago. After it died yesterday I checked the resistance for the three sensors in the dizzy, cylinder sensor, crank position sensor and the third one (RPM sensor?). All three came out within specification. I checked to be sure the big black/yellow wire going to the dizzy was hot and it does have battery voltage. I checked the coil resistance values and they were just out of spec. I subbed in a coil from an OBD2 dizzy with the same specs and the same thing happened. Started, got warm, died, wouldn't start. After it dies it won't run on starting fluid and I can still hear the fuel pump running so I doubt it is a fuel issue. Additionally, I grounded a plug after it died and it has no spark. Is it likely my dizzy is bad, even though it was new 6 months ago? Could it be the wires to the ecu? The ecu will still cycle the fuel pump and the CEL after the problem occurs.
Brian Roth, Pollock Pines, CA 4000' elevation
Building AWD 1974 Civic Hatch using components from 1989 wagon. Daily driver: 1973 Porsche 914 powered by 86 Ford 2.3 turbo engine. 16" Fuchs, roll cage coolant distribution.
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