The Chevrolet S10 Xtreme Was Unwell

About two weeks ago the Chevy started to run a little rough and this had become worse ending up in a couple of breakdowns

I scanned the truck using the WiFi OBDII Wireless Dongle, using the Dash Command app on the Apple iPhone 6 Plus

No codes were found and all the diagnostics looked fine, but the truck would still stall out after about 4 miles and refuse to restart until cooled.

Luckily I had asked a friend to bring back some ignition components during a visit to the States after some previous issues, this meant I was able to swap out the coil.

(You may notice that the coil was made in Poland, so it’s had a long round trip back to Europe!!)

I have driven twelve miles in testing so far and all seems OK, I never like to have “cured” a fault without being 100%


Looks like she’s dead Jim…

A day after the trauma of the breakdown on the way to Wheels Day, the investigation began!

Still refusing to start and having no spark I decided to swap in a known good coil, lo and behold the car started and I was able to reverse out of the garage having to push in the day before.

After letting the car idle for about 10 mins it decided to cut out and refused to restart.

Knowing that the Pertronix is very sensitive to correct voltage I decided to charge the battery, however the car still failed to start and still had little or no spark.

So the decision to go back to points is confirmed and the parts are on order from O’Neills