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2003 Mazda Miata MX-5 Question: What causes the engine to stall after running 5 - 10 minutes?

 

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crescent, 1.8L 4 Cylinder, Bonita Springs, FL, November 17, 2012, 03:03
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Engine starts fine but sputters and quits after 5 - 10 minutes running time. After resting a couple minutes it starts up again fine but quits again. The car sat in storage for 6 months and has 31000 miles on it. Fuel stabilizer was added before storage.

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    November 17, 2012, 04:39
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    have ti scan tested for codes it could be a bad distributor

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    crescent, November 19, 2012, 06:13
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    Does a Mazda 2003 Miata actually have a distributor? Is it an expensive item?

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    November 17, 2012, 22:07
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    most likely a bad distributor...

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    ziptie12, November 20, 2012, 09:18
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    .............no............never mind.

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    November 18, 2012, 07:23
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    After it stalls and won't re-start til it cools,DO YOU HAVE SPARK- even though it's not starting? If so , monitor fuel pressure while running and watch what happens when it stalls.IF no spark- diagnose as suggested in #s 1&2. ..........IF you find a distributor on it - then someone stole the coil packs- recommend finding new storage facility.

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