[V8] Infamous V8 No Start

bhowell at rmi.net bhowell at rmi.net
Thu Jul 12 13:28:17 EDT 2007

I am getting the same kind of frequency as you (3 times in 7 years) and I
KNOW not to start-stop the car. Heck, even the wife has strict instructions
to NOT do it. It just so happened that this one time I was in a time crunch
where I couldn't leave the car running and HAD to pull it in and shut it
off (after pulling it out and shutting it off).

So, I guess I half anticipated it happening, but as usual, hoped for the
best. Of course, the best was not to be found and it wouldn't restart.

I exchanged $12.76 with the fine folks at my FLAPS for a set of 103's and
the car was alive again. Oh well, the NGK's looked bad enough that it was
time for new ones anyway.

As a side note: After seeing the carbon on the plugs I thought this would
be a good time for the infamous suck-it-through-a-vacuum-hose Sea-Foam
treatmeant. First off, I used the larger of the two ports up by the
throttle body and a chunck of 3/8" hose and it sucks it up FAST. The can
says to use a 1/3 of a can....well, it sucked down a 1/2 can before I could
even pull the hose out of the can to check. HOLY SMOKE SHOW BATMAN! WOW! No
mosquito's at my house for a while! :-)


Original Message:
From: Ingo Rautenberg ingo.rautenberg at gmail.com
Date: Wed, 11 Jul 2007 10:31:29 -0400
To: v8 at audifans.com, bhowell at rmi.net
Subject: Re: [V8] Infamous V8 No Start

Hmm.  Happened ALL the time at the dealership when the cars came in.   
We routinely would change out the plugs.  I've rarely had it happen  
with any of the v8's.  Maybe 3 times in 11 years and six V8s.  I  
guess I rarely just move them back and forth ;-)  They need to be  

I did just pick up a set of Autolite 103s for the 4.2, though -- just  
'cause fuel went up another 20 cents so far this week...

'84 urq - '91 V8 5 spd - '93 V8

On Jul 10, 2007, at 9:02 PM, Ben Howell wrote:

> Alright, Why does this happen with the V8, but no other car I,  
> personally, have ever owned:
> Pull the V8 out of the garage, shut it off, couple hours later,  
> pull V8 back into garage, shut it off, couple hours later (or next  
> day), NO START!
> This has happened to us three times in the time we have owned the  
> car. The first time it was MADDENING trying to figure it out. I  
> know that it's flooding because the plugs are soaking wet with  
> fuel. The first time, you guys suggested obtaining a set of Cheapie  
> plugs (Champion) and sure enough, $8+tax in plugs did the trick.  
> However, I couldn't stand knowing that I had Champion plugs in our  
> precious V8. So, after a few days, I swapped in some "run of the  
> mill" NGK's. The Bosch plugs SUCK, but I never had a problem with  
> NGK in my life and these were no different. 100% trouble free until  
> I made the "pull-it-out and then pull-it-in" mistake and no start.
> I KNOW that pulling the plugs and cleaning the fuel off them or  
> swapping the Champion's back in (yes, I saved them) will solve the  
> problem, but WHY?  I know this happens to other V8s, so what causes  
> it?
> Ben
> '91 5 Speed
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