Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Breakdown #4

I should have realized it when the rpm seemed to cut coming around the "oval-in" corner at St-Eustache that the distributor was about to fail again, but I stayed on track. Sure enough, a couple of laps later, the car died due to a lack of spark, for the 4th time in the past few weeks... I coasted to the pit lane on the oval part of the track.

Waiting for tow truck number 4
As I was unable to restart the car even after waiting an hour, I called CAA and used my last available tow (until summer 2019!). I had to face the reality that, even though I don't know how much longer I want to keep this engine, I would need to spend a few bucks on a new distributor. There was no point in changing components in the old distributor, especially given that Carl had a brand new one at his home, part of his spares kit ofr his Integra Type R. It was new in the box. My decision was made for me when I tried unsuccessfully to start the car a couple of days after the failure (usually, it would still start after a cooling off period of a few hours). I needed to move the car to the other side of the street if I wanted to avoid a parking ticket the next morning, so I called Carl and told him I would be over later in the evening to pick up the new dizzy. I installed it, tried to align it like the old one, and the car started (after a few attempts).

New distributor, thanks to Carl
 I took the car out on an errand yesterday (buying winter tires for the Saabaru) and it performed flawlessly. I really think/hope the ignition problem is fixed, but the only way to know for sure is to drive the car on track. I like that the Civic is still usable, as a car. I easily loaded in 4 tires, even though the car has all my track stuff in it too. I even did groceries on the way home. The car is much more pleasant to drive with the quieter exhaust, and it's almost therapeutic to drive the car at night when there is almost no traffic. Carl promised he would try to hold one more lapping Monday before winter. It rained Monday this week, so maybe it will be October 22nd.

Clearly the season is almost over...
The car is ready for one last event
I often see this Shelby GT350 in the neighbourhood
I'm not the only one in the area that leaves a track car parked on the street. This GT4 is always in its spot.
A lovely MGA in amazing condition
I often see this cool beige GT3 in Old Montreal
Jaguar XK-RS is a rare sight

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