Drove my car to work today and when i went to lunch she just up and stopped running. It didn't take but just a couple of minutes to find the problem and it was the the wire that goes to the condenser.  The car backfired while coasting over to the shoulder of the road, i guess the condenser wire made contact for just a second.
I replaced the condenser and points and when i started the engine the lifters were making a lot of noise and has a miss to it now,I pulled the pushrods thinking it may have bent one from the backfire but all were good. Could the backfire have caused a lifter to collapse? Never had this happen to me before so i was just curious. Thanks for any info.

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Did you try to start the car when it died while rolling in gear to the side of the road --that would cause a backfire
I blew up a new muffler doing that

Did the lifter noise settle down and go away after a few minutes of running?


I did, And the lifters never stopped making noise.

I would check the engine compression to see what it looks like.  The "lifter noise" could very well be something more nefarious depending upon the severity of the backfire.  No telling what damage (if any) was done when the ignition intermittently fired. 

I would think a misfire could jam a valve or two into its seat possibly damaging the valve train working the valves in that cylinder

Just a TIP - if you car suddenly ---dies at speed in gear--- Do Not Try To start the car until you are at a complete stop on the shoulder of the road to avoid the above


Bad thing is i know better, 

To add:
I blew out a brand new muffler trying to start up while rolling after a stall and this gentelman most probably did damege to his engine doing the same


I do believe i got real lucky, I came home today after work and started my car up and there was NO more noise. I let run long enough to reach operating temp and all was still good. 

I love when the car fixes itself


Cadillac elves hard at work again!!

My old Falcon work van some mornings, has a lifter rattle. I just turn it off and restart it immediately and MOST times its gone.

The car does have in excess of 800,000 klm on it with a rebuilt once in that time, so ijust deal with it. :-) 

The Classic Antique Cadillac Elves work very closely with the Cadillac Angels --especially this time of year

HO HO HO and a Very Merry CHristmas --to all !!!

Ok --Who is the Wise guy that wrote tht note when i was inside ??




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