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Twincam engine light comes on and kills motor

Hi i have a 1990 rsi twincam 16v in the last two months this car is driving me mad it started one afternoon on the high way, doing 120km the engine light switched on and the motor died, since then my machanic has replaced the distributor, coil, ht leads, and the fuel filter all of which have done nothing i have no idea where else to go, the strange thing is that when it dies you i try cranking the motor and it wont fire by if i put it in third and pop the clutch it starts please let me know if you got any ideas my mail address is

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  • rsi b May 21, 2009

    thanks guys the mach thinks he has found the problem he seems to think that the injectors were blocked so lets see how long it takes before it breaks down again i will jump the pins when i get the car back and see what happens

  • David Melrose May 11, 2010

    Bruce, was your mechanic able to get any diagnostic trouble codes (DTC's) from the car's computer? If so, what were they? YOu can obtain these codes by jumping the terminals "TE1" and "E1" in the diagnostic connector in the engine compartment (located close to the fuse box) and turning the ignition to on (but not start). The check engine light will flash a series of two digit codes and then repeat the codes until you switch off the ignition. With these code(s), we can help you more betta.



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The engine starting only when doing a push start sounds like a bad ignition switch. the coil and ignitor are getting power with the ignition switch at "on" but not at the "start" position.

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