[200q20v] Wetness abides

C1J1Miller at aol.com C1J1Miller at aol.com
Mon Jul 31 17:26:27 EDT 2000

I think we need more info for a definative answer.  Pull the codes, as a start.  Does the car now run normally?  

While parked, the only water that should get under the hood is from splashing, or condensation, and is pretty minimal.  I'd say you're looking at arcing, bad gas, or a vac leak.  Since it "got better", the vac leak is not very likely.

I think if no codes were shown, I'd check the plugs and wires, replace the dist. rotor and cap if they're old, and check the various electrical connections.  Perhaps the ISV was acting up?

In a message dated Mon, 31 Jul 2000  4:14:12 PM Eastern Daylight Time, Kneale Brownson <knotnook at traverse.com> writes:

<< My 200q20v surprised me this a.m. by not staying lit after I started it, 
and then by only restarting if I used WOT.  I had to let it sit in the yard 
at 1K rpm or greater for two or three minutes before it would move without 
dying as I let out the clutch.  It would idle without my foot on the 
go-pedal, but sort of hesitantly.  After driving at ~50 for five minutes 
and being encouraged to idle at 1K during stops for another five minutes, 
it would idle OK, accelerate with jerky hesitations, etc.   Finally 
smoothed out after at least half an hour of operation.  Car drove fine 
Saturday, was not used Sunday, but we had several brief, but heavy, 
thunderstorms with the proverbial buckets o' downpour Sat. nite and 
Sun.  Very humid this a.m.   Am I in need of new wires or something?  

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