First off, my mechanic is a moron. Just thought I'd say that. :)
Okay - I was driving down the road and the engine started running
rough. I had to keep the rmps up to keep it alive. Two blocks
later I reached my destination and when I cam out, the engine
refused to start. No warning, no counds, no vibration, just
good good good poor.
Everything turns over and sounds fine as far as I can tell.
Had it towed back to my house(mechanic is 2 blocks away, downhill).
Came back out a day later and wrung the starter for about 30
seconds and it *finally*
started, though it ran really really
rough for about a minute. Exactly the same sort of scenario
you'd find in an old carbeurated(sp?) vehicle without an
electric fuel pump that ran out of gas - takes forever and a day
to get it to fire up again.
Got it over to my mechanic. He didn't even pull the engine codes
or anything and is saying "needs a new engine" based upon the
fact that it won't start. Grrr.
So I tried to get it home. Almost ran down my battery but after
about 2-3 minutes of trying to start it with the accelerator floored,
it finally came to life - sputter here and there, accelerating a bit
until it finally roars to life. Exactly like my old Volvo when it
would run out of gas.
Sounds fine when it's running. I can hear every cylinder working fine.
(though the lifters are horribly noisy - another issue) Wants to
die at stoplights. (not transmission, btw - checked that and the
new one is 3-4 months old with about 2K on it - shifted and idled
fine up to the time the thing stopped running)
So - any ideas? I smell fuel in the engine area after a while -
it's almost as if I have to manually flood the engine to get
it to start. Odd. It feels like a sensor or fuel pump or computer
went south or something like water in the gas(checked, not that)
Oh - new radiator. No signs of coolant in exhaust or oil or vice-versa.
No oil leaks of note. Oil and fluids changed corretly and at proper
levels. Currently have 3/4 tank of gas in it. No vacuum lines out
of place, either.
Thanks for any input.