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I Have a 1988 Dodge 4 Cyl 2.2 no turbo Shadow and it seems to stall out on me after driving it about 15 to 20 minutes and then if i try to start it up,it won't start unless i let it sit for a couple of hours the it starts up and drives with no problrems till it stalls agin after about 20 minutes i'm thinking it's the coil?? the mechanic said he replaced the fuel pump then the same thing happened again , now he say's it's the computer ? personally i don't think he knows what he's doing other than just changing parts. I think the problem is either in the coil or in the distributer because it seems to drive fine with no engine miss for about 20 minutes then it stalls and have to wait a couple of hours then it starts up with no problems.

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This sounds like the electronics warming up.

The behavior of transistors varies greatly with temperature. The circuitry around them is designed to compensate for that, so that the behavior of the entire circuit is reasonably stable over the range of temperatures it is expected to encounter in normal operation.

As transistors age, their behavior can shift such that, when they are either quite warm, or quite cold, their parameters are too far off for the circuitry to effectively compensate.

The most frequent result of this in cars is for the device with the faltering components in it to fail completely at some point during the warm up phase, which, of course, is what you are experiencing.

If there is a separate electronic device that is responsible for the ignition (like the ignition module inside the distributor of a GM HEI ignition), I would suspect that first, followed by the engine's Electronic Control Module.

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  • donwhite68 Nov 13, 2010

    I have 5 dodge turbos. Have had the issue a few times. Try the pick up plate - in the distributior under the rotor. A faulty one can cause all kinds of issues : no or hard starting, misfiring, symptoms of a vacuum leak, rough idle. I carry a spare one on me.

    Maybe 80 dollars, easy to change.

  • BrianWren Nov 13, 2010

    Trouble shooting by just replacing parts is expensive, and unnecessary.

    You are having a 100% failure. If the pickup plate is the cause, then, while it won't start the signal from the pickup plate, under testing, will be clearly absent. If there is a signal, then that is not the problem.



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