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Recently my 1983 280ZXT, has refused to start after journeys. I turn the ignition..and nothing. So i put it in 'Drive' , rock the car. Then it will restart when i turn the ignition. Yesterday, it died twice in traffic, while i was moving at low speed, again the 'rocking' solved the problem!
The car had a reconditioned alternator installed 12 months ago, is it failing again????...how can i test it?...could it be another problem???

i would appreciate any comments.
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Paul, Austin,Tx
 

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> Recently my 1983 280ZXT, has refused to
> start after journeys. I turn the
> ignition..and nothing. So i put it in
> 'Drive' , rock the car. Then it will restart
> when i turn the ignition. Yesterday, it died
> twice in traffic, while i was moving at low
> speed, again the 'rocking' solved the
> problem!
> The car had a reconditioned alternator
> installed 12 months ago, is it failing
> again????...how can i test it?...could it be
> another problem???

> i would appreciate any comments.
> cheers
> Paul, Austin,Tx

Yep, the alternator's a good guess, especially if the headlights grow progressively dim before the engine dies. It could also be corrosion on the contacts or a bad wire. I'd suggest you get yourself a Haynes shop manual and have a look at the troubleshooter section. People who drive older cars and don't like reading shop manuals have got to learn to love pushing 'em.
 

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> Yep, the alternator's a good guess,
> especially if the headlights grow
> progressively dim before the engine dies. It
> could also be corrosion on the contacts or a
> bad wire. I'd suggest you get yourself a
> Haynes shop manual and have a look at the
> troubleshooter section. People who drive
> older cars and don't like reading shop
> manuals have got to learn to love pushing
> 'em.

I think you have a starter problem. When starters are hot, they get mad. If you push the car back & forth, you might be helping it engage better with the flywheel. If your alternator is dying, try testing the system with a voltmeter while the car is idling. Your meter should read about 14 volts across the battery if everything is good - less than 12 and you need a new alternator. More than 15 and your regulator may need replacing.

hope this helps.

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