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  1. I have a question about my radio. My car is a 1982 Datsun 280zx N/A. It has the digital radio display, but it doesn't work most of the time. However, I've noticed that if I've been driving the car for quite a while with the radio on, it will sometimes come on and work. It usually stays on until the car has been turned off for a while. Any idea what the problem could be?
  2. Alright, well I have a question. Is there, to anyone's knowledge, a possibility that when a car gets above normal operating temperature it can cause a misfire? The reason I ask this is because the car started to do it a little more often without having to turn it off and back on again. And I noticed something else today. I stopped for food and parked while I ate it. It was hot out so I kept the car on. Since there was no air flowing, of course, the car got a little hotter than it normally did. And when I set off again, the car started stumbling much sooner than it normally does (about 1500-180
  3. Alright, well I have a question. Today, out of curiosity, I disconnected the chts while the car was running at temperature. When I did this, the car immediately wanted to die. Is this supposed to happen? I assume it is.
  4. Alright well we've checked the distributor and the vacuum advance and it appears to be in perfect working order. I'm thinking it could be a gunked up engine or fuel system. I ran seafoam through the car, oil, and throttle body and it does seem to have changed the problem somewhat. It is a little smoother when when it misfires now, and it isn't quite as consistent also. This could be a coincidence, but running seafoam through the engine has definitely given me the biggest difference so far. I might try running seafoam through it a couple more times, or trying some kind of heavier product. And I
  5. Funny you say that. The tachometer does 'tweak' every now and then, usually when I let my foot of the gas. However, it doesn't really do this when the car misfires, so I would be kinda surprised if the coil was bad. It definitely is something to check though.
  6. No sure if this is still relevant, but....I have a 1982 280zx non turbo. I did a valve adjustment and that's what mine looked like. Datsun has a special tool for adjusting these valves, and it makes life much easier.
  7. Well the distributor was his first theory. Also, he stopped working for datsun in 83, so he never saw the problems that these cars developed as they aged.
  8. There is no scale with my ohmmeter, it's a digital multimeter and the ohm setting automatically scales to the appropriate range....I think... I'm not so sure that it's the dizzy. I mean, if there was a problem with it I feel like it would be having the problem constantly, not just when I turn the car off and on again. My dad (a much better mechanic than me. He also worked for datsun 30 years ago) checked the vacuum advance and he seemed to think it was ok. I'll have to play around with it though. I kinda of doubt it's the fuel system, because he said the way it feels, it feels like an ignition
  9. I don't think it's the AFM. I took it off and popped the cover and, although a little old, it didn't seem worn out. Not to mention it's reading as it should on my ohmmeter on all terminals. And yes, there is a slight hesitation with the engine (all the time). And no, there is no popping through the intake, but there is some popping through the exhaust. However, there isn't usually a correlation between when it misfires and when it pops in the exhaust. I'm going to take the distributor apart this weekend and see if there is any play in the shaft. And I'm also going to do a pressure test on the
  10. I've got the fsm, and I've already checked many components. The chts has been brought to me before but I've not tested it. Didn't seem like a component that would cause my problem. The hard part about solving this is the fact that the car doesn't do it all the time. So whenever I get a new idea to test, I keep thinking, "well if it were that, then wouldn't it be doing it all the time?"
  11. I bought a 1982 280zx non turbo last month and since then I've encountered a problem. The car will start stumbling and misfiring around 2500-3000 rpms. But the really weird thing is that the car doesn't do this all the time. I will start the car up, and it accelerates as smooth as silk without missing a beat. However, when the car warms up, I'll turn it off, then back on, and then the car will start misfiring at that rpm range. I've checked the air flow meter, the tps, replaced the distributor cap and rotor, replaced the o2 sensor, and a couple other things all with no luck. The o2 sensor did
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