My car has needed a valve job for years. One plug always gets corroded
after several months. When I need to get a smog certificate, I replace
the plugs (Bosch Platinum) immediately before the test and always pass
(with the exception of the gas cap, and a catalytic converter recently
Just recently, the car would start perfectly and rev normal in neutral,
but would stall as soon as it was put in drive. I haven't been driving
much lately, but when I would, I would have to get high revs in neutral
and slam it in drive to get it going. That would still stall most of
the time, especially if the car was facing uphill. After hassling this
scenario for an hour or so, the car would stall less when warmed up.
Notwithstanding, the car would always start without a problem.
I assumed it was the plugs as I haven't changed them in a long time.
After not using the car for 3-4 days, I removed the plugs and cleaned
them. (My car was blocked in a parking lot, so I couldn't go get new
ones at that time.) I reinstalled the cleaned plugs, but did not
tighten them all the way, knowing I would be removing them again in a
day or two. At that point, the car just turned over until the battery
(and bu battery) went dead. I replaced the plugs with new ones today
(Bosch Platinum). I first removed each one and turned the car over a
few times being paranoid that loose particles from my scraping may have
gone in the cylindars. However with tightly seated new plugs, same
result -- turn over and over without catching until batteries go dead.
I even used another running car to jump, in case the batteries did not
have the juice to initially start it, but no go.
I read through past postings and jumped the balaster resister (half the
outer case is missing, though it is still connected), and jumped the
fuel relay on top of the red electronic device (sorry, I tried to get a
Chiltons and checked with the dealer and cannot find a manual, but just
learned about the CD here). Another post referred to the red part as a
fuse, but stated it was on top, mine is on the side. Also, with all the
gas pedal pushing, I'm not really smelling the gas I would expect. It
is acting like it is out of gas, but the meter shows 3/4 full.
Lastly, while informing me of what usually causes the symptoms I
described, keep in mind that I suspect foul play may be involved.
Thanks in advance for any input you may have.