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Gary, Australia Car Mechanic
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Ew, Raelene here. My 1984 323 double barrell carb 1500,

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Customer: Hi Drew, Raelene here. My 1984 323 double barrell carb 1500 , cranks but won't start i've replaced the coil and ignighter and put in new plugs ,the leads appear to be in good condition and the petrol pump is working . cheers
JA: Thanks. Can you give me any more details about your issue?
Customer: It was randomly stalling out when it got to running temp , then would start again and run fine until it warmed up again . replaced the coil at this point and it was working fine for about a week then the same thing happened again so replaced igniter and plugs . went for less than a day and now won't start at all.
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Australia Car
Expert:  Gary replied 1 year ago.

Hi Raelene,

Did you replace the rotor button and distributor cap?

Could also be the pickup assembly inside the distributor.

Is yours a single or twin carb engine?


Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Hi Gary , double barrel single carby , have had to order both a new pickup and rotor as neither are available in Darwin . The distributor cap, however , is only 2 weeks old. I have sent my boys on a scavenger hunt around the local area in search of a second hand distributer , ( but i'm not holding my breath , waiting for either old or new ).
Expert:  Gary replied 1 year ago.

Hi Raelene,

I will agree with what you are doing.

More than likely the reluctor pickup coil is your faulty part.

I had the twin carb 1500 a few years back.

Good little cars, those early Mazdas.


Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Hi Gary, thanks for your advice . My son and I both love our little mazda's sadly getting parts for them is getting more difficult.
We did however find an old Ford Laser at 1 of the local car recycling yards and when we dismantled the distributor from it were pleasantly surprised that it was in great condition , so popped it onto the old girl ,along with a new o ring , and it fired up straight away and isn't missing a beat.
Thankyou for your assistance with my problem and i hope that it may help other people to know that ford laser parts can make decent substitutions in some cases. Cheers Raelene.
Expert:  Gary replied 1 year ago.

Hi Raelene,

Good to hear you have fixed your car.

The early laser and 323s are the same car with some cosmetic differences.

Come back any time.