Engine Performance problem
1996 Pontiac Firebird V8 Two Wheel Drive Automatic 108k miles
Bought 96 trans am 3 months ago and had to do some repairs, new radiator, new water pump, distributor, spark plugs, wires. Basically I got the car running. No problems what so ever. 3 week ago we had a huge thunder/rain storm coming to town and on my way home I rant into a couple water puddles but the was no problem, I made a stop, shut the car down bought what I needed and left, after I started the car and was about to take off the car died, it just died like when someone in the Matrix get suddenly unplugged. Anyway I got the car starting and I made it home and it died again right when I was pulling in the driveway. I figure something got wet so I decided to leave it set. The next day the car started normally and went to work, 5 hours later the car wouldnt start and I was getting a p1371 code. Ever since that day I have manage to start the car a couple of times, Driven the car around the block, flooring it to high speed on the back road near my place, let it idle for as long as possible, but the car always dies, the same way I mentioned above. I have cleared the computer many times, sometimes the code comes back right after the pcm has been cleared. So right now the car is just sitting because it not realiable and I have run out of options. I have installed a new ignition coil, a new ckp sensor and the last thing I put in was a brand new wire harness that connect the opti-spark to the ECM after a tech at the dealership told me that the harness might be a proble if the resistance was off range. Also 1 out of 10 times I getthe car started it dies like if it was chocking and I smell gas (i figure the plugs arent getting a charge) So my question is, Did I have bad luck and the sensor inside the distributor got damage with the water and I need to replace it again? I cant drop more money into the problem without getting results.
thanks for your help.
have the same problem?
Thursday, June 19th, 2008 AT 2:52 PM