So in case you haven’t noticed, I’ve not blogged here for almost 2 weeks. I’ve been very preoccupied about trying to get Karlino repaired, to be able to start up again. I’ll have to admit it’s made me a little depressed. And carpooling with my wife daily has added to the stress. I feel like I’m in a mechanic’s wormhole hell…
Anyway, I’ve been trying to diagnose/fix my car’s non-starting problem since Monday afternoon, the 22nd of February. Thus far, this is what I’ve done:
- checked CEL codes…got 2
- P0402 EGR Flow Excessive & P1345 Manufacturer Control Ignition System or Misfire
- took apart & cleaned out the intake manifold, specifically that little hole that tends to get clogged up
- replaced the plugs & wires with new NGK parts (verified I got spark, on all cylinders)
- after trying to unsuccessfully start it (again), I was told that the raw gas (which I did smell from the exhaust pipe) could foul the new plugs
- therefore, I dutifully cleaned & dried the plugs with carb cleaner & canned air
- replaced the camshaft position sensor (made sure I disconnected the negative battery cable first)
- verified that the timing belt has not broken or slipped any teeth
Putting all back together, with anti-seize compound & properly torqued, the motor does turn over, but does not catch fire. I have verified that I can hear the faint whirr of the fuel pump. I have tested all the fuses with my multimeter. So with gas & spark seemingly available, is it mechanical or more electrical (& I cleared the CEL codes & none have reappeared recently)?
I’m only down to a few things that I (& various driveway mechanic friends of mine) can think of:
- possible a faulty coil pack(s) – but I do get spark
- faulty and/or not synched crank position sensor
- some other sensor?
- faulty firing of injectors
So, there you have it. Racing Ready is now tempted to take it to the dealer, or a shop, but there’s got to be a simple solution. Others will say, “Enough already!” But the budget says otherwise…hmmm…
P.S. – I don’t understand, I must not be feeding the right supplements to Karlino. Today makes two 12mm 3/8″ sockets that he’s ingested into the black hole of his front bumper cavity. I will need to do some magnetic dentistry & work on his diet. Maybe it’s that he’s anxious to get all properly lubricated with his pending AMSOIL fluids (for engine, tranny & rear diff). Those will come only after we get Karlino running again!