89 Probe uses Mazda 636 engine 2.2L. Has been bullet proof for 175,000 miles, love this little car. All of a sudden, would not start. Cranks very fast, but no Vroom! I raised up the cover of the air filter and the Vane Air Flow Meter was closed, pushed it open with a screw driver, sprayed in sone starting fluid, vroom sound and it would run as long as I held the little door open with the screw driver. Stalled as soon as I pulled the screw driver out and the little door closed.
I replaced the Vane Air Flow Meter, vroom, and it ran great for a few short trips. Failed to start in my driveway the other day, used my Mustang GT. Next day went out and it started right up without touching anything. (I think it must be a girl car.) Ran fine for a few days, started every time. Tonight it cranks, will not start. I loosened the big rubber tube after the VAFM and spryed starting fluid into the intake and it started and ran on the starting fluid and stalled shortly as it was used up. It is as though there is no fuel - seems to run fine if it has something to burn.
I am going to clean up some corrosion around the battery terminals tomorrow after I get it towed home (again) and see if that does any good.
Any other ideas? :
Wednesday, January 11th, 2006 AT 12:37 AM