Bonnie has officially become a side car. After stalling for different reasons for the third time this month, I decided it was time to move on. I'm going to try and get her up and fully running and then pass her on to another lover.
Anyway, I about a week or two ago I had a shop replace the timing cover gasket. They said there was a leak in the lower intake. I replaced these gaskets within the past few months, but ran into a few hiccups getting it back together (sat half torqued overnight), but I'm pretty sure everything sealed up reasonably well. After the shop replaced the timing cover gasket, I would see some small puddles, very dark fluid, on the garage floor overnight. I watched the coolant and oil levels though and never saw a reason for concern. The oil was just recently changed as well with synthetic oil, and the oil on the dipstick is very clean. So unless it is getting dirty on its way down to the floor which is very possible, I don't think it'* oil, and definitely not coolant. If it is oil, the level is high enough it didn't cause failure, unless the timing chain gasket replacement somehow caused the pump to fail and oil is not properly circulating. The shop also did a tune up, plugs, wires, and cleaned the fuel injectors.
After getting it back from the shop, I still wasn't happy with the response after all of the money I had paid. So I decided to get a can of Seafoam, and I added it to the intake, gas, and crankcase as directed. White smoke came out for a short while, not as long as I expected, and it did increase response time a bit. After this tank of gas with the Seafoam added got low, I filled up and had to do some highway driving. I drove for a while on the highway, had to get off and make a stop. On my way back onto the highway, I tried to accelerate somewhat hard - not floored or anything - but I would have probably hit 3500 RPM or so - and I noticed it really didn't get up and go much. It did accelerate enough to get me on the highway though. So I'm driving about 65 for a few min and go to accelerate a little more to get in front of a car, and I notice I can't accelerate. After I tried a couple of times, the engine was still running but the MPH started slowly dropping. Then of course the engine shut off, and wouldn't restart. I had it towed back to my apartment, and since I had tried to crank it a few times the battery was dead. So I had the AAA guy charge it up, and after a good charge and many crank attempts, we got it to start up again.
I haven't tried it since because I fear the worst, but while we had it running, it idled fine. But as soon as I opened up the throttle body at all to increase the RPMs, you would hear a ticking which was very much in sync with the RPMs - the faster the RPMs, the faster the ticking. It sounded similar to as if the drive belt were whacking something, but it was most definitely not it. I believe it'* coming from the block.
So my question is - where do I begin? First and foremost, is it possible the Seafoam clogged something up? I can understand how this would cause the stall, but I don't see the relation to the ticking.
Is it possible the timing chain gasket work also was either a) done improperly or b) caused something else to fail? I have been reading high oil pressure (around 100 psi), but I mentioned it to the shop and they didn't seem concerned.
This isn't as urgent as usual, but I'd love to get it up and running. I would consider having a shop run diagnostics, but I would have to have it towed so I prefer not to. I had the shop check fuel pressure because I have personally seen low pressure and bleed pressure, but they said the pressure was just slightly low and not bleeding at all - they thought I may have a defective gauge. I'll stop babbling now and let the experts chime in
The shop is very reputable also.