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    Default Engine cutting out momentarily

    Recently my engine has started cutting off momentarily. It could be for a long blink or for several seconds. When it happens the tach drops to nothing. It only happens when I am pressing the gas pedal, either idling up to warm up on these cold mornings or when I'm accelerating. It does not happen at idle. It will sometimes cut out when accelerating and stay off until I get off the gas, then it starts again. There is no pattern to when it will do it. Cold or warm, engine cold or warmed up.

    I have replaced the coil and the ignition switch (not the key). I don't have a lot of money to throw at it so now I'm asking for help.

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    What is this on for a car? When you say cuts out, do you mean the motor shuts off, or just drops to an idle?
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    You say the tach drops to nothing? Do you mean 0 (zero) RPM, or something off the scale? That would make a difference.
    If it's dropping to zero RPM, especially during torque application (attempting to rev the engine) I would look at the wiring between the engine and firewall.

    You don't say if this is carbed or EFI, and EFI, port or CFI? All of this makes a difference.
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    It's an '85 Mustang GT with a 347 and carburetor. The engine shuts off and the tach drops to 0.

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    Check the wiring entering the Duraspark module on the driver side fender apron. Old insulation can be brittle and falling off. When the engine twists the right way wires will short out the module killing spark. Good luck!

    As always, "It ain't what you don't know that gets you, it's what you think you know that just ain't so."

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    Thanks, I'll look at that tonight.

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    yup, this is a primary ignition concern. Question; Does the tach slowly drop to zero as the engine speed drops, or does the tach immediately drop to zero, even while the engine is still spinning, like a switch was turned off?

    If the tach coasts down with the engine, you're looking at the wiring from the module to the ignition coil. If it slams down to zero like flipping a switch, look at the wiring from the distributor to the module.
    Jim DeAngelis
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    Connoisseur of Dearborn Ferrous Oxide
    '83 GT hatch, currently under the knife

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