'84 ksq stumble...can't restart

Joshua van Tol josh at spiny.com
Thu Dec 16 19:07:13 EST 2004

Or, as a test of a bad fuel pump relay, simply jumper the relay, and 
see if the pump runs, and the car starts.
On Dec 15, 2004, at 11:52 PM, Matt Suffern wrote:

> George,
> Pop the hood and find the fusebox just behind the driver side shock 
> tower.  Take off the lid and pull the fuel pump fuse
> (#13 I think, but don't quote me on that).  Try to start the car.  It 
> should crank over, catch for a moment, then die.  Reinsert
> the fuse and try to start the car normally.
> It's a trick I developed from when my car was doing that a lot.  It's 
> something to do with the fuel pressure in the lines.  If it
> works it's not a permanent fix but will keep you from getting stranded 
> while you sort out the problem.  Hope that helps.
> Best,
> Matt
> '86 4kq
> Chapel Hill, NC
> ----- Original Message -----
>> Message: 7
>> Date: Wed, 15 Dec 2004 16:06:45 -0500
>> From: "gwbutler" <gwbutler at net1plus.com>
>> Subject: '84 ksq stumble...can't restart
>> To: <quattro at audifans.com>
>> Message-ID: <200412151606.AA3855483032 at net1plus.com>
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>> Hello,
>> My son just called from work (with my 84ksq):
>> "Dad, I was pulling into a slot at work, the tach dropped from
>> around 1000 to nothing, and then died,...the engine cranks over
>> strong (a subjective phrase at this point)...but the engine won't
>> catch" (thank God for triple A!).
>> I have to look at it when I get home from work myself.  I'm
>> thinking sequentially, spark then fuel (BTW, new fuel pump/pressure
>> accumulator last year, new (rebuilt alternator and starter last
>> fall).  Any suggestions for areas to look at first before I go off
>> in the wrong direction diagnostically (and outside...it'll be in
>> the 20's)? TIA
>> George B.
>> Massachusetts
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