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#1 of 4 '94 Villager sputters and dies when hot
Feb 05, 2011 (12:38 pm)
I have a strange problem that nobody can seem to figure out. When I start it up in the morning when it's cold, it runs perfectly fine for a while. Once it gets good and hot (20 min city driving or so) it'll start missing (feels like ignition skipping out). When it starts missing, I generally have about a mile or so before it gets so bad I can't drive it any longer because it dies and I can't put it back in gear after a re-start without it dying. After I let it cool down for a few minutes, it fires right back up and goes on like nothing ever happened until it gets hot enough again. Engine temps are on the "A" or "M" of 'normal', so my overall temps are good.
Here are some things I've tried to no avail:
- new coil
- new ignition module
- checked fuel pressure (35 PSI)
- plugs, wires, and distributor were replaced about a year and a half ago, but the problem developed several months after that
I just threw another set of plugs in there for the heck of it, but haven't had a change to try it out again. I've got a timing light in there now so I can check the spark when it does it next time. Any ideas?
Feb 05, 2011 (2:17 pm)
I just got my van warmed up again and hooked up the timing light and the spark was NOT consistent. Therefore, it is an ignition issue of some sort, but I don't know what else to replace.
#3 of 4 Re: '94 Villager sputters and dies when hot [kcducttaper]
Jun 05, 2011 (12:17 am)
My 95 Villager ,same identical problem , did you get it fix ? please share your follow up news even if you still have the van or not. please do let me know so i can take right steps to fix mine.Thank you .
Jun 05, 2011 (12:59 pm)
It turns out mine was the cam sensor. It gave faulty cam readings when it got hot, so the computer never really knew where the cam was when the engine warmed up to adjust the timing and such properly. They're located right under the distributor and I believe they come with a new distributor (might check on that though). Other more common causes are the ignition modulator or the ignition coil.