Sorry I havent gotten back sooner. Between an 8 month prego fiance, moving apartments, and dealing with time warner cable ive had alot on my plate. So heres a what the print out off the machine at a specialist said.1) found crank sensor failing while cranking, rpm and sensor output are way off. 2) Multiple intake vaccum hose leaks. 3) pcv to throttle body to purge valve hose not sealing. 4) Air intake tube to rear valve cover seal at valve cover leaking. 5) EVAP purge valve stuck open. 6) Vaccum hose to shift modulator is damaged. So the manual I had was the hayes auto repair for 95-01 but the pictures and verbage (although may seem clear enough for a mechanic or car hobbyist) was still a little difficult to navigate thru. So with little money, fed up looks from asking to many questions at advanced auto parts, nights on google image search, peering back to the manual, and my wonderful audience here I had initially thought I had fixed the problem. To address the cranksensor I had no clue what I was getting myself into by pulling the engine forward so I bout a pair of car ramps from Advaced AP for 20 bucks and got underneath the car, wedged my arm between the catalytic converter and the skid plate I barley managed to fit a 10 mm wrench to unscrew the nut that was hold the crank sensor to the back of the engine. From what I noticed it looked like oil or tanny fluid had been dripping directly onto the part where the connector fits into to the crank sensor. Possible short? Also the tunbing encasing the connnector was coverd in oil?And when I touched it the encasing crumble like a cracker in my hand.
To address the intake leaks I went thru each rubber hose I could identify that deals with emmisions and replaced on site with replacement parts or modified rubber and made my own
To address the Pcv problem bout a new Pcv and replaced. Made sure it sat and sealed correctly. Old one looked melted where it seals.
To address the air intake tube it apparently is a dealer part I can only get form detroit (or so I was told for AAP) so I cut the old one I had in half where I was cracked and connected it back together with a new small tight piece of rubber so I can create a seal
To address the EVAP Purge valve was the easiest.I had just replaced it not 2 months before hand so I just took it back to AAP and got a new one and popped it on
Now I was wondering why when I shifted from park to reverse the car would kick like someone ran into me. The hose to the shift modulator wasnt even connected. It was lying ontop of the negative battery ground cable.
As I stated before I had also just changed the heated O2 sensor underneath the car
So I gave the car back to my fiance telling her I think I fixed it now that it shifts smoothly, the car doesnt lerch forward during acceleration, and it wasnt dying. This was good for about a week. We were even getting a/c every now and then when I let go of the gas.I told her I was so happy I feel like I could fix anything. I had spoken to soon. For the next three days the car had the problem where as soon as I would hit 2000 rmps the rpms neddle would go haywire. Up to three down to 1.5 back up to 2 and back down to 1.5 all the while my foot on the gas. It died once pulling up to our apt when I stopped to put in the gate code. So the crank sensor seemed to play major part in fixing the car momentarily and for what I thought was a major victory.
Needless to say we were planning a trip home (3 hr drive) and decided on a rental car instead. Left on easter friday came back the following monday. Started it back up on monday and the car hasnt messed up since and its been
hot but not too hot. Im skeptical that the computer cleared itself up and want to push the envelope by sitting in Austin Traffic at 5pm but I also dont want to shut down an entire lane waiting for a tow truck.
But as for getting her to work and taking trips to the store usually under 30 mins in the sun seems to be working well for the time being. And now that shes gonna work from home in a week the car will surely last thru the summer and I know itll last during the winter and I can save from now until then for a newer car and thats all I really wanted.I know its not gonna last forever since im not gonna rebuild the engine myself and open up everything and clean out the gunk. But hey a car is a car if it gets u from point A to point B
oh yea I also added some seafoam treatment to the gas
if anyone has any inputs on whether is was oil or tranny fluid dripping on the crank sensor I would be much appreciative as well as anything else that I could replace.(Remember im no mechanic)
And as always ill give any further details on what I did. Remember there are no dumb questions
Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011 AT 7:23 PM