Here’s the issue… I start the car and let it warm up as I should for about 10 to 15 minutes. I then begin to drive dealing with the sluggishness and hesitation in acceleration. After a while that dims out and after anywhere between 30-45 minutes of driving the car then running into the grocery store or pharmacy for a few minutes the car won’t start back up without having sat for 2-4 hours.
It’s not a onetime thing. It has happened to me about 7 different times on several different occasions. It appears that the starting issue only occurs after the temp of the car has gone up. After the car has cooled it can be driven again in that same time frame before the problem is back.
There are no lights on the dash that would indicate where I should begin to look (i.E. Check engine light, brake, overheating). Here’s the kicker I’ve kicked out over nine hundred dollars ($900) to try and attack the problem going through a catalog of what might be the issue.
This includes getting the idle air control valve replaced about two weeks ago, new ignition coils and a new ignition coil module, new spark plugs and wires, new fuel pressure regulator. After test driving to see if the problem was fixed I was met with the same challenge so I can rule that out.
I then replaced the air filter thinking it could be that simple but nothing came of this either. Got a new battery for good measure but no justice there either. As recently as today I had the Fuel Pump replaced (costly) and I’m still getting the same problem. The fuses are intact and have all been replaced just in case.
At this point I’m baffled and running out of money to put into the car. I wish I could just pinpoint what it is so that I can have her running as she should. Please, Please, Please help me by pointing me in the direction of what could be causing such a headache. I really appreciate it in advance.
have the same problem?
Friday, June 17th, 2011 AT 10:22 PM