[V8] Strange no-start fuel issue

Ingo Rautenberg ingo.rautenberg at gmail.com
Mon Apr 28 08:37:49 PDT 2008

Hmm.  Could well be the ign/ref sensor(s).  When was the last time  
you changed out the spark plugs?  I do not suspect a fuel problem per  
se, but suggest removing the spark plugs and checking them/ replacing  
them with the Autolite 103 ones first.  Cheap, good place to start.


On Apr 28, 2008, at 1:59 AM, toml99 at todomundo.com wrote:

> Hi all, and congratulations to Roger on the new car.  As far as the
> 3.6-4.2 debate goes, with my convenient local station today listing
> premium for $4.16 and diesel for a pleasant $4.64(I have a diesel
> truck)...I can't rationalize even wanting a 4.2(but would still like
> to testdrive one and feel the difference)     .....worse even is my
> 1990 130 2 stroke outboard that burns about 8 gal/hr(somewhere
> between 3-4mpg at running speed).  And for what it's worth, I just
> hit 110K, and my cargo nets are perfect....I also want to thank
> everyone else for the enjoyable reading regarding the purchase of the
> vehicle...
> So here's the problem.  Car starts right up,runs/idles/drives great.
> I can even drive it 1/2 hour down the road, turn it off, starts right
> up.  If it sits for awhile(1/2 hour, up to today when it was 5 hours
> in the ski area parking lot and was about 40 degrees out), cranks but
> no start.  Quick spray of starting fluid, and sparks right up. If I
> left it overnight in the driveway, will start first crank in the
> morning.   First time this happened, I tried the cold water on the
> sensors trick, and nothing.  So, in today's case, the motor was not
> even warm when I got back to it, so it's not necessarily a
> temperature thing, but is starting to seem like a time thing.   I
> also stopped twice on the way down for 5 minutes or so and started
> fine.  I'm guessing, something electrical is telling the injectors
> not to open, and that the starting fluid sparks it up and the fuel
> flows/or some vacuum thing opens up when motor starts, and all is
> fine....If it wouldn't start at all, I'd check all the fuel delivery
> stuff, but it's running great(after it starts).  [In the 87 Saab that
> I just rebuilt and had gone thru all the tests for "no start"(had
> fuel pressure/injectors worked/spark etc, decided to swap out the ECU
> and sparked right up].   I "blinked" out no fault codes the last time
> it wouldn't start.  Any Ideas?...Sincerely Tom La Plante
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