Still can't get the car to a shop. It will drive around the block twice. As you push it a bit it begins to hesitate. This continues until it no longer will go at all. It pretty much acts the same at that point as our first post. Only it just completely dies instead of staying on as before.
The first few times you try to start it it starts and sputters out quickly. One time it stayed on but as soon as I put it in drive and went to take off it reacted the same way again.
The best I could do to check the things you mentioned was, check for spark, which was fine. Then check the gas pressure under the hood. We had checked this before and it had plenty. This time it just trickled out. Leading me to believe the fuel pump may be the issue.
As I tried to keep it started in the driveway it did start up almost normal at one point. It stayed on for about a minute. I noticed two things, one it let out a bit of a cloud of smoke when it first started. Second after it died out I noticed a very faint hissing noise which Icould not pinpoint the origin. It lasted maybe twenty seconds. Not a noise that I had ever heard before.
My neighbor and I were thinking about dropping the whole exhaust system and seeing if it still has the same problem to rule out the catalytic converter. However that leaves the car without the oxygen sensors plugged in so I am not sure the car will even operate that way.
The other option would be to just replace the fuel pump but again would hate to put out another 100 dollars just to see if that is the problem.
As for your other suggestions, wire harnesses and the engine coolant temperature sensor. With the wire harnesses there are so many I am not sure were to start. The sensor is only like 30 dollars so if it is worth trying we could probably do that. I am pretty sure it is the sensor in the top left side of the engine. In looking at the sensor it has hardened white stuff on the showing threads, and looks as if it has never been replaced. Not sure if that means anything, or how to tell if it is not working.
The only other thing is the check engine light did not come on at all. My neighbor did erase the codes last time he used his scannner, but I was expecting the light to come on again.
Monday, July 26th, 2010 AT 7:45 PM