So... the Justy is not happy. It died on the road the other day, and the local suby shop looked at it.
It's a 1991 Fuel injected 4wd 5 speed btw.
Symptoms have been an intermittent CEL for crank angle sensor for a while -- then I replaced the distributor about a year ago, and it has had a constant crank angle sensor code since then. But it still ran and drove. A little bit of high rpm hesitation sometimes, and lousy gas mileage though -- like 29mpg, and it usually got more like 33 to 36 before the CEL. Then, all of a sudden, it wouldn't rev at all -- would idle okay though, and limp along at 5mph at idle. But the slightest bit of throttle would make it almost die instead of revving up. I suspected bad fuel filter, as it was acting like fuel starvation, but filter seems to pass fuel. Oddly, I got it run much better by advancing the distributor quite a bit -- enough to get up to 40mph or so. The shop looked at it and said it needs a new distributor, engine temperature sensor for the computer, O2 sensor, and they also found a vacuum leak which they did replace. $800+ to replace all of that, so I just drove it home instead. I'll get the parts and do it myself... the question is, what parts, and could it still be something else? Sensors are cheap if I do them myself, so that's a no brainer, but the distributor is the worrisome one.
In particular, I'm worried that its the distributor wiring harness, not the distributor itself that is bad, because replacing the distributor once didn't help. My parts car is a carbureted one, so different disty, so I can't try that. I guess I could go back to the original disty and see if it goes back to an intermittent CEL.
Oh... and one more not so good thing, I think. After it's all up to temp, the oil pressure light flickers and goes on at idle. I need to put a real mechanical gauge on there to see what it really is, whether it's really bad oil pressure at idle, or bad sender or light. Only about 30k on a rebuilt engine. But, if it really does have bad oil pressure at idle, is it worth fixing the other issues... and why would it be bad after only 30k.
What do you think?