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I was looking back at a previous post I made regarding the Rover randomly not starting. That was in mid December. The recommendations were to check to see if I had spark at the plugs and possibly check the electrical connections to the Fuel Pump.

I did neither of these suggestions as the truck has worked fine since then. Started everytime. I have replaced the battery since then and it cranks and starts great.

Yesterday, cool damp, had driven the Rover the night before, it would crank, and crank but, would not start. Tried again in the evening, last night, and again this morning. No start just cranks. No spark, fuel pump???? Decided that today, after a threat from the wife that I needed another vehicle, to give it a try when I got home. I figured this time I would do the tests that all you guys had suggested. When out to check it. It started right up. The only difference between this evening and the past few days is the weather has cleared and is a dry 80 degrees.

Could it be a ground problem? It is hard to check the spark as it is running and obviously the plugs are geting juice. I could check the fuel pump connections. What could cause this random no start condition????

Any help or suggestions would be appreciated.

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Parker
1993 LWB Plymouth Blue

Just as aside - my Porsche 928 would not start, my POS Buick Century needed a quick jump to start and get me to work on one donut tire. Came home to a busted pipe under the sink and water everywhere. Maybe I need to work on my karma :lol: :lol: :lol:
 

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You know, thats sounds a lot like the inertial switch issue I was having last year with HangOver. Although mine is a 1988 model and they may be different....but it is worth a look. It will be under the drivers seat with the wiring harness feeding to the passenger seat with the relays. My issue was with a connection in the wire harness close the center console. Took me almost 3 months to find it as it come and go that much.
 

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G'day,

Next time this happens, pop the distributor cover off and spray liberally with DW40 or similar.
If she then starts and runs as normal, I'd replace the cover with a genuine one.
It's not uncommon for hair line cracks and moisture to be the culpret !

Cheers
Rod
 

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Thanks for the suggestion on the distributor cap. Funny as I just got a new in in yesterday with new wires and rotor. I plan on replacing this weekend. I am also going to try and fine all the ground points and clean them up as well.

The funny thing is the problem is so random. The last time it happened was in December. And now in March. I think but, am not sure that both these last times this has occured that it was damp/wet/or rainy. So, the distributor cap could be the problem.

Thanks again.

Parker
1993 Plymouth Blue LWB
 

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Ok, thought I would update. Spent the beautiful 80 degree weather weekend, with deep blue Texas skies working on the Rover. Changed fluids in differentials, CV joints (was only about 3 ounces in each that came out), oil and filter, and fixed a leak in the A/C plenum. Gave her a wash, a vacuum. All was good.

Got up and tried to start her this morning. Same problem. Crank no start. Took another car to work. Got home was going to change the distibutor cap and wires. Before I did that it started right up..... Well, maybe the wash and the very damp, cool, rainy morning with a clearing warm afternoon should be considered. So I changed the cap, rotor and wires. Started up and ran great. It had a little rough idle and low speed roughness but, ran at highway speeds great and felt perfect.

Well, we have thunderstorms moving in tonight. We will see if changing the cap, etc. could be the problem or not.... We will see. Update later. Keep your fingers crossed that I have solved this problem because a have a list of other ones I need to get started on.

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Will indeed be interesting....

Rod
 
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