So, enough with the complaining, worked on the car today. Pulled the cat
off, clean as a whistle. Pulled all the plug and wires, closley inspected
each. #6 plug was wet and the anti-sieze I put on didn't burn off, check the
coils, turned out the #6 wire was barely hanging on. I thought to myself
"that can't be the only thing causing all this." So, placed the crank at
TDC, pulled the front cam carrier cover, what do I see, the cams are about
5°-10° off. "WTF!" I exclaim. So, tore the top end apart, timed the cams,
all is fixed.
Lessons I have learned:
1. NEVER take short cuts on a procedure outlined in the service manual. Not
taking the time to properly time the engine when I replaced the timing belt
was my down fall. All the symptoms were there, I replaced the timing belt
but didn't bother to check the timing.
2. GM Engineers smoke crack when the come up with designs. I have had to
pull the upper intake on this car countless times. The list of things you
have to take the intake manifold off to access is very long, yet they
decided to make it the most ockwared piece to take off. I mean, who honestly
puts a 2" piece of heater hose in a place you can only reach with a knitting
needle? Who decided it would be a wonderful idea to attach a retainer for
the fuel lines to the bottom of the intake with the bolt going up and the
only access to this bolt being the 3/4" gap between the lines. I have a ton
more, but I'll stop now.