Cold Start (spark plugs?)

Derek Pulvino dbpulvino at
Thu Dec 5 15:38:08 EST 2002


Couldn't remember the mileage changing interval on these.  I guess I got
timing belt interval confused with spark plug interval.

Noticed some oil/dust near the distributor, so I think I'll check the cap
and rotor tonight to see the condition there.  I was also more or less of
the opinion that the spark plugs changes are more comfort than actual
realized gains.  At least that'd been my experience with other ars in the
past.  Just figured I should challenge my assumption before I wrote it off

So with all suggestions so far:
-check plug tightness;
-check for wire arcing; and
-check condtion of cap and rotor.

And, from what I can tell, if the coolant sensor was bad, I'd see a fault
code if.  No fault code, so I'm guessing that's not a problem.  Want to get
to the bottom of this sooner than later though so I don't have to include a
battery in the repair bill.

Thanks for the input so far, will report back as I find more.

derek p

>----- Original Message -----
>From: "Derek Pulvino" <dbpulvino at>
>To: <200q20v at>
>Sent: Thursday, December 05, 2002 10:57 AM
>Subject: Re: Cold Start (spark plugs?)
> > No lead on this as of yet.  One suspicion I have is maybe spark plugs as
> > have no knowledge when they where changed last.  I know they've been
> > at least, oh 65k miles.
> >
> > Has anybody seen this to be a problem on these cars?
>I ran my original plugs about 120k with no problems. When I changed them
>they still looked good. I seem to recall Ned saying they should last 100k.
>saw no difference in performance after changing the plugs - does that
>qualify for a "fat wallet syndrome"  "fix" :-)

STOP MORE SPAM with the new MSN 8 and get 2 months FREE*

More information about the 200q20v mailing list