Hi everyone; this is my first post. Thank you in advance.
I'll go ahead and give you a picture of the problem, then hopefully if someone could tell me what this is and how to fix it:
After a long time sitting in very, very cold weather (down to -11F on some days, sitting for a good month and a half), my girlfriend'* 92 LeSabre would crank, but not start.
After several tries, I jumped the battery from my own running car, and it still wouldn't start. I waited longer while the two were connected, and it almost lit. And then, after about 5 minutes of charging, it started for the first time in months.
No spark issues, no fuel issues, just a worn-out battery. Success.
I leave the car for three minutes to tell the girlfriend that her car wasn't a goner after all, and we come back find black smoke wafting from the engine bay. Not as if the car was on fire, but enough for me to shout "oh, ****!" and turn it off. It smelled like oil, and was coming from the back side of the engine near the firewall. I'm assuming it was a leak from the valve cover that accumulated oil over that month and a half, and not something more serious. I'm hoping it will burn off in time.
But that'* not what'* really concerning me. When I shut the engine off, my girlfriend pointed an issue with what looks like a severed vacuum hose between the fuel pressure regulator and... whatever. I have no idea what it connects to.
Here'* a wider shot of the problem with the engine:
Some questions I have about this:
1) Were those two hoses actually connected at some point in time?
2) What kind of hose can I get to replace it?
3) Is that actually the fuel pressure regulator, and is that a hose to the vacuum system?
4) Would this have made it difficult to get the car to start?