Well, this is interesting. I drove for 15 miles, several turns, 5 or 6 railroad track crossings, didn't die once. Makes me think it's not a loose connection and an actual part that's partially failed.
After I got home, I thought maybe the ASD relay was going bad. I decided, since they all have the same number and appear to be identical, to switch the ASD and a/c clutch relays.
When I pulled the ASD, it's plastic case was very hot to the touch. Maybe it's overheating causing a failure. When it dies, it's hot and can't cool down because the ignition key is still in the RUN position.
After turning off the key for 15 seconds, it's got a chance to cool off and start working again?
I went ahead and switched the relays between the ASD and a/c clutch. I'll post back if it dies again, will mean it's on either side of it and not the relay itself.
I checked all the grounds for the relay box and PCM, all are tight and in good condition.
Really hope it's this simple, can't afford to have it in the shop for several days/hundreds of dollars chasing down an elusive problem like this.
Edit: well, went to autozone, 4 miles, no dying.
Went up to friend's, 6 miles, died 3 times.
Way home from friend's, 5 miles, no dying.
Soo, intermittent, can't figure it out.
Oh yeah, guy at autozone said it was a loose wire on the ammeter 0-o which can't be possible because it registers correctly during the little "deaths" :(
Saturday, November 3rd, 2018 AT 8:46 AM