Wanted to give a quick update to see if anything else might spring to mind.
I had my dad clean out the throttle body earlier today, and it did not help. The car stalled out approximately 9 times in a 20 mile stretch.
Something interesting, however.
I drove back home tonight around 12:30, let the car start and idle normally (it idles at high speed for a few moments before it automatically lowers the idle, ) drove home also with the custom radio I had put in the car (and I left the radio off this time, ) and you know what, the car did not die on me one time on the way back home.
What, if any difference would this make on diagnostics for the fact that a.) It died in the heat of the day with the radio on, and I had forced the engine to lower the idle upon startup by pressing the accelerator at first start, and b.) Driving it home late at night with the radio off and allowing the car to naturally lower its idle upon startup without touching the accelerator?
Note again the throttle body cleaning did not work instantly, but perhaps it took a few hours to clean it out?
I also should mention more previous problems the car has had
Car fan sensor went out a long time ago and fan would not kick on, so car would get hot while stopped in idle traffic. Had new fan sensor put on the car, the fan runs constantly now but car does not get hot anymore.
Engine still bogs down when coming up steep grades of any considerable distance. Feels like it is grinding.
Car has 140,000 miles on it. Around 100,000 miles, the timing slipped on it at one point immediately after I had turned the car off. Once I had attempted to turn the car back on (5 minutes later) it would turn but not start.
About 3 months ago I had a coil changed on the car for another problem where the car would turn, but not start. Coil solved the problem.
Starter has been replaced on the car twice.
Corroded battery terminals in the winter can lead to the car not wanting to start at all, so the wires have to be adjusted.
Not sure if any of this extra stuff helps, but just in case, thought I would throw it out there.
Fuel filter gets clogged on fairly frequent occasions.I notice this because the car hesitates and jerks when gas levels get to 1/4 of a tank or less.
Input is appreciated.
Going to take the car to a mechanic in the morning and have him check the fuel pump, EGR valve and the IAC valves to see if that helps.
Appreciate all the help guys. :)
Wish me luck. Lol
Friday, September 5th, 2008 AT 12:39 AM