I've got an ignition issue. When it dies, the tach reads dead zero even when cranking. New plugs, wires, cap, rotor, ICM and coil in last 2000 miles to track down an odd miss. I think I have a broken wire in the pigtail that leads into the distributer.
Anyone in se michigan have a pigtail or possibly complete known good 84 distributor available fast?
OK...made it to Wixom.. I can get a new distributer by noon tomorrow at Advance... but it doesn't include the pigtail, which I think is what I need. I am mobile now as well...can steal my friend's car.
Just because the ICM is new doesn't mean it hasn't failed. Did you get it tested? Do you have the old one? I did the same thing and it turned out the new ICM had failed. I still have the old one which tested good. I also replaced the pigtail and coil wires at the time of the tuneup. I bought a new ICM at O'Reilly's with a life time warranty for fifty something. This was a few years ago now. The ICM alone you don't have to reset the timing plus it's cheap compared to a distributor. The tach not moving when cranking is a classic sign of ICM failure.
I wish I could be more help, but I'm not sure what I have left of the old harness (84) from before my swap. I have two barrels full of wire and harness, the proper connector may be there, but I have no idea what to look for...If your in that bad of a pinch, you're more than welcome to it if you can pick it out. I'm about an hour n.e. of you, over 696 and up M-53.
You might try olejoedad, he lives in Homer, MI a bit to the west of you, but he has a lot of parts in his Two Seater Garage that he might be able to help you with. He is also very good with the Fiero's mechanically and electrically along with being a great guy to deal with.
not far from you. is this the part you are looking for???? if so look like a re-build of the distributor if it is. also see the distributor at this link looks like it has wires too. mite have to search for it.
Somewhere in that little section is my broken wire. I can try to pull it apart and rewire it by hand...but these old connectors are pretty fragile and the distributor doesn't leave much room for splices. So...I consider that to be more risky than driving it home like it is.
Also check the prongs to the coil. When I replaced my coil, the slots for the plugs on top where a little bigger than stock, and I would have this problem sometimes. I bent a small V into the center of each prong in the plugs on top of the coil, and it has stopped. Does your fuel pump kick on when the car dies on you? That would happen to me. But I also would get no cranking signal.