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Welp, I think my Crane is dropping out. Crane Alternatives?


RandyMolson

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Left me stranded a few times today when I went to start up the car. No ignition. Wires and grounds are fine. It would randomly start after a number of attempts. Twice it dropped out when I was driving...both close to when I started. Once I got going, it didn't give problems, but cold and hot starts are both issues. It could be the Crane ignition or the coil, but I suspect the Crane since a few other FAQers have mentioned their Crane failures.

Before I buy a replacement, I wonder if anybody knows of a Crane knockoff that might be more dependable.

67 Caribe 1600

76 Ceylon 2002

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Randy,

A coil is cheap and easy to eliminate from the equation. I have been using the Crane XR700 since 1993 and driven many thousands of miles on my daily driver 74 02. Has been nothing but reliable, not to say it can't fail, but check the coil first..it is easier.

Earl

74 02Lux

02 M Roadster

72 Volvo 1800ES

74 02Lux

15 M235i

72 Volvo 1800ES

People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf." -- George Orwell

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  • 3 weeks later...

(Update for future Crane searches)

So I bolted on a second coil for some elimination trials, and after a few more weeks of dropping dead in traffic, I located the problem: The cheapo connectors on the Crane wiring harnesses worked loose. The connectors were fully together but opened the circuit when the harness was moved.

On the plus side for Crane, their black box did not fail, which is a big plus.

On the minus side, their decision to use cheap wiring accessories left me in some hazardous traffic situations. Not only are their connectors cheapo, but so are the metal brackets and mounting screws for the optical sensor. After a few years of weekend use, the sensor mount was so loose, it could be moved around by touch. As a result, the timing fell off. I reset the mount screw with red threadlock...hopefully that will keep.

67 Caribe 1600

76 Ceylon 2002

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Randy,

Thanks for the update, glad you were able to find the issue. Wonder how much money they saved versus how many systems were removed and trashed and bad PR generated because of that decision. My system has been bullet proof since installation in 1993.

Earl

74 02Lux

02 M Roadster

72 Volvo 1800ES

74 02Lux

15 M235i

72 Volvo 1800ES

People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf." -- George Orwell

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