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PostPosted: Thu Mar 19, 2015 8:29 pm 
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I have a 1993 Suzuki Swift GA, with 197,000 miles on it. While I was driving on the highway about 65 mph the car was losing power while I had the gas pressed. You could feel it losing power and the car just died, tried starting the car again. It cranked but would not start, checked battery it was showing 12.6 volts. Not a mechanic so unsure to where to look next. Any help.....


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 19, 2015 10:45 pm 
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Hi and welcome to teamswift
check for fuel and sparks, if all is good, check for compression

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 20, 2015 2:19 am 
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If it lost power gradually I would start with fuel . I'm guessing there is no fuel pressure. Fuel pump died?


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 20, 2015 2:52 am 
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I've been driving down the road and lost power. There are many reasons this may happen. Once I had it happen and it was a bad ground cable but the other reasons that have been given are just as valid. I've also had a similar problem in a couple of different vehicles where it was the fuel pump. Another time it was the timing belt. To narrow it down, more info is needed. How "gradually" did it die?

A fully charged battery should be around 13.6V. They die-off quickly when you try starting a vehicle. Weak batteries sooner than good ones.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 20, 2015 10:49 am 
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If doing this yourself in your backyard or garage, (Disclosure; I own a repair shop so for you critics with nothing better to do out there, Obviously, a pro with the proper equipment would tackle this differently) Start with the cheap stuff 1st. 1) Check your ground wire at both ends.(notorious on swifts/metros/extended family) 2) Check timing belt (less likely but cheap to inspect) 3) Check spark (pull one wire insert metal item {Nail-or screw driver would suffice in a pinch.} place with-in 1/2 inch of something with good electric conductivity. crank it a couple turns and watch for arcing. 4) check fuel pressure.(at this last point if you are getting out of your depth, its time to take it to a pro. and pay for 1/2 hour of diagnostic time.) the rest you should be able to do yourself with minimal tools equipment and expertise. Good luck, Let us now how you make out and what the final solution is.:D
Best wishes and welcome to Teamswift, we are glad to have you aboard, Best wishes, Jonathan

"Final solution" I guess that might have been a poor choice of words. :roll: :roll:

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