I believe this problem has isolated itself to cold weather. I still haven't checked for spark or fuel pressure because the car hasn't had this problem for some time. The weather has warmed up. However, the weather dropped down recently, and like clockwork, the problem came back for three days in a row (the coldest days). Early in the morning I would crank the car, it would start/run fine, then after it warmed up I'd jump in and drive to the highway 1/4 mile down the road. At the stop sign, the car died every day. It seemed the colder it was, the harder it was to restart. The last day it did this, "no bus" showed up on the dispay on the dash. Also, once it did start, it was very limited to go, I would give it gas and it would put along for a few seconds. Does "no bus" mean no power? It cranked just fine, just wouldn't fire up.
Also, today I pulled the spark plugs out to check them, in the spark plug holes there were pools of oil. From what I read, this is the valve cover gasket. Also, some people say the voltage can short to the case through saturated/expanded rubber insulation. Can this be related to my intermittent starting problem?
I'm starting to find more signs of a POS/maltreatment. The tranny fluid was leaking, so I looked at the pan and all the bolts were two turns loose, I literally could have tightened them with my hand. Also, when going down hill or backing off the throttle, the car jolts around as the RPM's jump around. Any ideas?
Sunday, April 11th, 2010 AT 6:20 PM