Finally Solved 4.1 Hesitation: Coil & Plug Wires

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HT4100 4.1, 4.5, 4.9 Discussion, Finally Solved 4.1 Hesitation: Coil & Plug Wires in Cadillac Engine Discussion; My 87 Eldo has had a worsening hesitation problem over the last 6 months. Within the last 2 years I ...
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    PeteC is offline Cadillac Owners Member
    Automobile(s): 1987 Eldorado
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    Hampton, VA

    Finally Solved 4.1 Hesitation: Coil & Plug Wires

    My 87 Eldo has had a worsening hesitation problem over the last 6 months. Within the last 2 years I had replaced plugs and wires. Then recenlty replaced cap, roto and module. Still ran rough.

    Took to local shop. Guy found coil was arcing. Replaced and ran better but still had high speed miss/hesitation. Checked fuel pressure and it was a little low. Replaced fuel pump but no change in hesitation. Mechanic said he didn't know what else to check.

    I started looking for a Cadillac mechanic: hard to find (other than dealer). Was driving home one night and I recalled having had plug wire problems on a previous car. So I popped the hood when I got home, turned the lights off, and the plug wires were arcing like a Christmas tree.

    So the cheap wires I put on a couple years ago had failed.

    So if you are having hesitation problems, check the plug wires and don't go cheap with the replacements.

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    The Ape Man is offline Cadillac Owners Connoisseur
    Automobile(s): '80 Fleetwood Coupe, 1994 and 1995 Mercedes 140 Coupe
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    Southern NJ

    Re: Finally Solved 4.1 Hesitation: Coil & Plug Wires

    You can usually fill a spray bottle with water to spray in leaky wires. This will show them up fast sometimes.

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