97 Bonneville dies at speed, problems starting
Hi all, new here.
I've a few problems with my 1997 Bonneville. Started a few years back. The wife and I had a 320 mile a day commute, and sometimes, the car would die at speed. Tach, speedo would drop, kick it into neutral, and the thing would come back to life...
Once in awhile, it wouldn't restart, and would have to hit the key, and it'd fire right back up. A little disconcerting at 75 and four lanes of traffic!
The other big problem I've got with it comes after driving it across town, perhaps five to ten miles. If I park, run in, come back out and try to start the car, all it'll do is crank. I smell fuel if I crank for a bit. Once in awhile, it'll start if I rack the gear selector back and forth and reset it to park and try it. Once, all I did was slam the door, and it started back up.
When it DOES run right, we're getting sometimes better than 30 mpg out of the thing, so you can understand why I'd like this sorted out.
Oh, by the way, the chassis has 278K miles on it, first engine replaced at 138 thousand. I have no idea who did the work, or what their skill level was. When I first got the car, I pulled the air intake hose and found straw hanging on the wires in the intake.
Wondering if I should just do the shotgun thing, replace all the sensors I can get to, and a new ignition switch? Maybe just an adjustment on the shift quadrant for the neutral start?
Scratchin' my head on this one, I grew up adjusting points and carburetors!!!