This post is furthur to the discussions that I have previously had with Drifter and willwren. I just want to enlighten the rest of you so that maybe you can add your 2 cents.
As you know from my sig, I have a remote starter, one that I particularily like to use. Its a handy little item. Anyway, about a week ago I noticed that if the car has been sitting for a long time (5hrs+) the start up is very difficult. In fact its so bad, that I turn off the car using the remote before it evantually fires up. Bill advised me to stop using the remote and letting the car crank for 10 seconds before firing. Fair enough. Use the key, waited, the car starts, but its far more difficult then the usual "turn the key, car starts". If I rev the car in park, it coughs and dies. I proceed to start the car again...no problem, fires up almost in expectation and eagerness.
I'm currently dealing with Code 41 issues and Cam positioning sensor problem, whereby the cylinders are not firing correctly causing the car to sputter on acceleration however now.....it really sputters all the damn time. Its so bad, that it vibrates like a cheap motel bed at speeds of 60 kmh and 120 kmh (about 38 and 70 mph).
That being said, this is what it cannot be...alternator, car does start...albeit eventually, the starter is fine, lots of juice in the batteria, the voltmeter gage is fine. I only use 89 and up octane....last fill up I used 94
oh ya...thats the good ****!!! The plugs and wires, O2 sensor and fuel pump where changed at the end of January 2003. 2 fill ups ago, I used fuel line cleaner product, its a product that I have used in the past, and it was fine...until now. It could have been bad gas, but its been another fillup since then so the bad gas is gonzo.
This is what I assume it could be based on my chats with Drifter, Tam and willwren:
1. Bad gas
2. Fuel line cleaner loosened some crud and its lodged somewhere.
3. Fuel filter and not getting expected life out of it
4. O2 sensor and not getting expected life out of it
5. Plugs and wires and not getting expected life out of it
6. Dirty TB and intake problems (TB and fuel line was totally conditioned 10 000 kms ago (5000 miles)
So, that being said, the sputtering still continues. Any furthur insight would be greatly appreciated before I take the car in on Friday
Which btw I am having spring servicing...rotation, air filter, PS fluid, brake fluid etc, 180T-stat, coolant temp sensor and brake servicing.
Oh oh...before I finish, at low speeds there is a mild grinding noise coming from the right wheel, i assume its uneven pad wear