Date: Sat, 16 Jul 2005 17:19:02 +1000
From: pmg <>
Subject: Follow up on "A very annoying problem"

Hi guys Remember my post on the 1984 900 that intemittently (every few days to few weeks) stops on me in damp/cold weather usually 5-10 minutes after starting, never when totally warmed up? My servicing mechanic has tried all sorts of stuff but can't pin it down because it has never faulted in his hands. Last thing tried was an "ignition module" but it still happened. This time I was driving (my daughter's car). It felt "electrical". I took the distributer cap off and it seemed to have a lot of condensation mixed with fine sooty material. I lightly sprayed WD40 in the cap and the car started and drove perfectly, not faulting since (fingers crossed). At home I completely cleaned out the cap and rotor. It is possible this has been the problem? My question here is why the condensation might suddenly be building up (if that's relevant) and why/what is the sooty material. It is a conventional distributer (points type). Should I replace the cap? What about the plastic dust seal that sits below the rotor? Pete

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