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My car is stalling

I have a 1980 car has been just will be running fine..then out of nowhere..just stall. and will not start up for like..20 min...just before stalling. i have noticed a slight 1st i thought water in the tank,then i gave it all new plugs,wires,cap and ran fine for like 2 weeks..then boom..stalled it seems to be real sluggish. the carb is only like 3 yrs old.i remember having the distributor changed with another used one.a few years back.i would appreciate any suggestions

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  • Mike Butler
    Mike Butler May 11, 2010

    Sounds more like an ignition problem, perhaps coil breaking down when hot. Have you checked for spark when it happens? Good,strong spark.


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Sounds like a bad ignition module in the distributor.

Posted on May 18, 2009

  • Clint Smock
    Clint Smock May 18, 2009

    Sounds like a bad ignition module in the distributor.


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