I have an 88 Merc Sable with a 3.0L V6 EFI that is flooding.
What has alerted me to this condition is that it wouldn't start for my
wife one day. I checked all the normal things and everything seemded to
be in order. I had put new plugs, wires, cap and rotor on it about 2000
miles previous to the no start condition. I had spark, fuel, compresson
and the timing was correct.
I took it to my local mechanic who also cound not get it to start until
he drilled the catalytic converter to check for blockage. The car
eventually started and ran fine. Welding the holes back up the car would
start and run for a few minutes then died due to the plugged cat. I had
him redrill the holes for so I can drive it down to have the cat replaced.
BUT.... before replacing the cat I want to solve the flooding problem
that probably plugged it up to start with.
The car still will not start normally when cold. It seems to be flooded.
After the first start the engine will start normally, cold or hot,
without any problems. To initially get it started I have to hold the
throttle wide open to dry it out which can take several minutes of
cranking (with breaks not to overheat the starter.) The only engine code
was for the TPS which would not cause the engine to flood but I have
replaced it anyway.
QUESTION... Will a plugged cat cause this EFI engine to flood after it
has been shut off and goes cold? (I don't believe so) The only thing I
can think of that would cause the engine to flood after being shut off
is leaking injectors (although it should also flood when hot and left to
set but it starts right away!)
Thanks in advance for your help....