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2.8 Ignition Module by fffttt1
Started on: 03-25-2014 05:58 PM
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Report this Post03-25-2014 05:58 PM Click Here to See the Profile for fffttt1Click Here to Email fffttt1Send a Private Message to fffttt1Edit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
I've seen comments on this forum advising to carry a spare module. So, for years now I've had a box behind my driver's seat containing a spare module, screw drivers, electrical paste, and a flashlight. Today, around 50mi. from home I'm cruising along @ 80mph with my newly purchased 5gal harley fatbob tanks setting in the passenger seat, thinking life sure is good. Suddenly no rpm's, a backfire and some slight smoke. Pulled off exit and got fire extinguisher from behind seat. No sign of a "carbecue". Got my little kit out, swapped modules and was back on the road in 15min. So.....thanks for the good advice, and ...........does anybody have a spare/extra module for sale
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Report this Post03-25-2014 06:43 PM Click Here to See the Profile for fierobugClick Here to Email fierobugSend a Private Message to fierobugEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
What brand ignition module did you use?

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There are still some on e-bay.
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Report this Post03-26-2014 03:02 AM Click Here to See the Profile for fierobugClick Here to Email fierobugSend a Private Message to fierobugEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Fiero store has take your pick for ignition control module. Delco's is twice as much. Probably both made in china. Does it really make a difference which one to purchase besides price? Gotta get one spring has ALMOST sprung!

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I am also curious - as some are cheap (which most times you get what you pay for)

I have a ac-delco on the shelf ready to pack when I drive to Italy in may.

so are they any other makes of modules what are recommended to buy or avoid ?

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It seems nowdays that any of them may be prone to a short life. I've had Welles modules last for years and I've had the GM modules at 3 times the price only last less than a month. I've gradually drifted away from the Welles, Sorensen and BWD brands in favor of the NAPA stores Echlin brand. Echlin may be made in Canada, but at least they aren't made across the Pacific.

Some secrets to a longer module life are ample grounds between the engine, chassis and cradle, a good ignition and pickup coil and use a good quality heat sink grease on the module instead of the clear stuff that usually comes with the module.
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Report this Post03-26-2014 06:59 AM Click Here to See the Profile for Kevin87FieroGTSend a Private Message to Kevin87FieroGTEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Had a brand new Cardone distributor with module where the module lasted less than one thousand miles. Replaced the module with a AC and all has been fine for 5000 miles. I was surprised to see the Cardone did have thermal paste under it yet still failed that quickly.

Have a AC in another car an it has lasted over 10,000 miles. Both cars have 2.8L. Will stay with AC modules. May be made in China, but most folks here have good luck with them over Cardone, BWD and the like.

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Personally, I by Autozones brand. (Duralast) Not because of their renown quality but their lifetime guarantee.
And believe me....I've replaced plenty. On another note....only a fool drives around in a V6 Fiero without having a spare module and the tools to replace it on the road . Well, unless they have unlimited free towing.
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Originally posted by fierofool:

Some secrets to a longer module life are ample grounds between the engine, chassis and cradle, a good ignition and pickup coil and use a good quality heat sink grease on the module instead of the clear stuff that usually comes with the module.


All true. And the grounds between the module and distributor base are important too. Use new screws and make sure there's no corrosion or dried-up paste where the screws go.

Also, the heat-sink paste needs to be applied uniformly. No voids.

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I have a BWD from Oreillys in mine, working good for a few years now. I used heat sink compound I got from radio shack. Replaced the pick up coil at the same time, also BWD.
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Report this Post03-27-2014 10:46 AM Click Here to See the Profile for josef644Click Here to Email josef644Send a Private Message to josef644Edit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
My new A1 Cardone disributor's module died at around 5K miles. I replaced it with a used AC Delco one that Mstngsbeware gave me a few years back. I used the ceramic heat sink compound after cleaning the old off with some lacquer thinner. 15,000 miles since the replacement was installed.

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Originally posted by Kitskaboodle:

Personally, I by Autozones brand. (Duralast) Not because of their renown quality but their lifetime guarantee.
And believe me....I've replaced plenty. On another note....only a fool drives around in a V6 Fiero without having a spare module and the tools to replace it on the road .
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Me too. I tried OEM Delco for around $80 once and it didnt last 200 miles and the GM dealer gave no warranty or refund on electrical parts. I got 2-4 years on Autozones and they gave me a new one if it tested bad. Trick is to drive over with the bad one if it will run at all. When they cool down, a lot of times they test good. If you cant do that, make them run the test 1/2 dozen times to get it hot.

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Report this Post03-28-2014 10:25 AM Click Here to See the Profile for fierobugClick Here to Email fierobugSend a Private Message to fierobugEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Looked at Autozone duralast parts and it says Wells Vehicle Electronics makes duralast. I thought they were all Chinese parts. They have a manufacturing facility in the US that expanded 40% in 2013. THey also have a plant in Mexico. Autozone also explains what kills an Ignition control module. Very interesting. Thanks for the info.

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I've replaced my ignition module on the side of the road, twice. And neither time was it the cause of my problem and still came home on the flatbed.

I'd go with AC Delco.
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