The Munich-Barcelona Vitesse had an attack of heritage yesterday – it left me stranded at the office in the evening…
Now with the weather getting warmer, the PGM-FI main relay was occasionally playing up. So far no big problem, a bit of patience and, after several attempts, the fuel pump would usually prime and the car would start on the button. Not so this time – despite not being used all day, the car either did not run the fuel pump or would not ignite or possibly both. In the latter case the check engine light did not switch off after the initial check. A quick check of the error code showed ‘Ignition output error’ – so either the problem was in the ignition circuit or the main relay was failing to power up the ignition system. After trying on and off for over an hour, I gave in and called home for a lift.
With the Vitesse still at the office, my choice of cars was one down. I decided to take out the Maxi for its first run after a long hibernation period of more than 5 months. A battery was hooked up and the car started immediately and ran as it should – finally something reliable…
Arriving at the office early, with the temperatures still low from a rather cold night, I gave the Vitesse a try. Lo and behold it started as if there was never a problem… So I swiftly moved it home before our diva decided differently and took a bus back into the office. Now the Vitesse will be grounded until I find time to sort out the main relay and take a closer look at some of the other electrical issues.
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