Engine dies when heat soaked

Bernie Benz b.benz at charter.net
Wed Aug 20 20:48:20 PDT 2008

Could also be marginal distributor timing. Has anyone screwed with  
the distributor recently?


On Aug 20, 2008, at 6:11 PM, riceballdr at aol.com wrote:

> Hi My 200 Avant has been running fine all summer but on Sunday  
> leaving the JFK airport I got about 1.5 miles and she died. Would  
> crank but no attempt to start. Waiting along the center barrier of  
> the Van Wyick I checked fuses and a few other things,had the hood  
> open and about 20 minutes the car started. I got off the highway  
> and onto the service road. Got about 2 miles and she died again.  
> Waited for a rollback and once again car started. Got it home (90  
> miles) thanks AAA. Next day let it run ac on hood closed and after  
> 15mins it died. Checked spark and did not have any. Mr Bentley  
> showed values for the coil and it was high between the two small  
> posts and returned to limits when cooled and of course the car  
> started. I got the new Bosch coil which looks just like a normal  
> round coil not the little square original one. I put it in and took  
> it for a test and got it warm. Got back home and left it running  
> with the ac on and after 10 minutes of idling she died again.  
> Swapped the fuel pump relay with a new one just to check and still  
> no start. Fans are working and car stays on the normal temp range.  
> I still think its an electrical problem that happens with heat soak  
> I?thought I had found it with the coil. Would something in the  
> distributor cause loss of spark. I will dig a bit deeper into my  
> Bentley but I thought someone else might have had this problem.  
> Wife says to buy a new Toyota. Second time car has been flatbeded  
> home.I do 90 miles one way and the Avant got 152,000 miles on it.  
> Thanks Richard
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