Last week it just wouldn't start for a few minutes. Cranks fine but
doesn't start. A minute later it works fine.
A few days ago in my driveway it starts but dies as soon as I release
the key, several times. I try it again a few hours later, same thing.
I call the tow truck, he comes, tries to start it while flooring the
gas. It explodes to life releasing lots of smoke (black I guess). he
slowly lets up on the gas and it stays on at idle. I drive it to the
mechanic, and there is nothing wrong. Starts each time.
The mechanic calls me back an hour later saying that he remembered
that if this happens again, open the gas cap and stick a finger into
the metal ring to make sure that air can get in. Apparently he learned
this trick a while back.
So, any idea what is going on? Since it does catch, it doesn't seem to
be the ignition switch which was my original guess. And it has worked
fine the last few days. Just a fluke?