starting problem

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starting problem

Post by m201wakejeep » Sun Dec 14, 2014 4:41 am

Hello's a picture of my M201 at the Towton battlefield site in Yorkshire. She's a good runner and drives well.....however, now the cold and damp weather has arrived she doesn't like to start easily (currently looking to build a shed to put her in).
There's plenty of power in the batteries but she's not firing - is it a matter of unscrewing the distributor cap and treating with wd 40? ...any tips woul be appreciated!

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Re: starting problem

Post by stever0_3 » Thu Feb 12, 2015 5:24 pm

Hi, Just saw your post,

The old theory is WD40 acts as an insulator if squirted on top of the distributor cap around the HT leads. Have you checked/changed the Rotor arm, distributor cap, HT leads and replaced the spark plugs to give your jeep a tune up? Your problem can occur if the distributor cap is cracked inside which will cause arching, this also applies to the foot starter.



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