<VV> Spyder Temp-Press light diagnosis - SOLVED!

Doug Mackintosh dougmackintosh at yahoo.com
Tue Dec 3 17:33:35 EST 2019

I found the culprit, and it was me!
When I looked today to try to find where the wire from the oil pressure switch was shorting to ground, I discovered that the wire was smushed under the distributor (see attached photo). I apparently did this last time I reinstalled the distributor. The insulation must have been adequate until time, pressure and temperature finished smashing the insulation, and even then it apparently was good enough until the engine warmed up a little, or until the wire moved the right way. I loosened the distributor and wrapped the damaged spots on the wire and all is well now.
Thank you everyone for your suggestions!
> On Dec 1, 2019, at 4:53 PM, Doug Mackintosh via VirtualVairs <virtualvairs at corvair.org> wrote:>> OK guys, I am looking for some ideas or experience-based explanations for a problem I have had.> The car is my daughter's 1964 Spyder. Have been driving it regularly with no problems. I recently drove it to Farmville (a little over 1 hour away). When I drove back home about 10 minutes from home the Temp-Press light came on and stayed on.> There were no other symptoms. The temperature gage did not go into scary territory, there was no lifter clacking, loss of performance, problems idling at stops etc. The fan belt was still on. No noises. Oil level OK.> I continued driving home and switched it off (the light stayed on the whole time until I switched it off).> I figured it most likely was either a pressure sensor failure or a shorted wire. Today (5 days later) I did some diagnostics by testing the light status after disconnecting the pressure sensor wire, then after grounding the pressure wire and then the temperature warning wire heading to the dash. Based on my testing everything was working as it should with the engine off. I then started the engine and the light went off as normal after it started.> So at this point it seems to have "fixed" itself.> Ideas?

-- Doug Mackintosh Corsa member since 1996 Corsa/NC member since 1996, Virtual Vairs member Corvair owner 1969-1971 and 1996-on
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