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My car is Ford Laser 1992 auto. Maybe it is too old. I have to turn the key a couple of time to start the engine. Recently I found it difficult to turn it on. As soon as it starts (and I switch to reverse), the engine would suddenly stop and I can't get it started for a while no matter how many times turning the key (sounds like power exhausted). I refilled the oil but it still won't help. I've got the car started this morning but I don't feel secured with the strange vibration (like coughing).

Can anyone tell me what can be the possible cause?

  • What kind of maintenance work has been done on it lately other than oil? – justinm410 Sep 14 '16 at 15:28
  • no maintenance work has been done except for changing a brake pad, but that's not relevant to the problem I think @justinm410 – Golden Jiang Sep 14 '16 at 22:17
  • Does it run smoother after warming up? – justinm410 Sep 15 '16 at 3:43
  • Yes, but after a while engine will suddenly stop @justinm410 – Golden Jiang Sep 17 '16 at 0:02
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The problem confirmed: distributor damaged. Possibly the 4 plugs worn down and back fired to the distributor so they may also need to be replaced. See if that makes sense.

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