Away from home and losing power

Huw Powell human747 at
Tue Dec 24 17:08:23 EST 2002

> I found that the wiring harness was putting a lot of strain on the knock
> sensor connector.  I got a big ziptie and lifted the hanging harness up
> with it, attaching it to the ground cable.

You have a 90Q, right?  That connector is *supposed* to be mounted in a
nifty little bracket on the edge of the battery tray, somewhat like the
one that holds the OXS plugs on the side of the head.  Of course your
zip tie is probably fine, but maybe some previous mech. simply ignored
the nice stock mounting point... leading to your current troubles...?

> Judging by the condition of this harness connection I suspect there is an
> internal fault caused by strain.  It may not trouble me on my drive home,
> and if it does, it doesn't seem like a big deal.  I'm reasonably sure the
> motor is not detonating itself to death or anything like that.

As long as your engine is happy and not knocking, you can also unplug
the KS if it is creating spurious signals resulting in unnecessary
timing retards.

Huw Powell

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