Can you help? A brief description of what happened to Deb today and my
short test before I have to go out this evening. Will take to local
mechanic tomorrow and wish to provide some clues / pointers....
Following Rogers visit, the van was driven this afternoon on a cold
engine (no long warm up or anything) and only 1km away going up a
small hill it started running rough. Deb thought it might stall by the
roundabout. Deb decided to turn at the roundabout but felt it wouldn't
make it 180 degress so went straight and stopped at side of road and
Restarted 1st time - went down road 200m, turned around to go home.
Stalled 2 more times going back the 1km or so with hesitant power when
putting foot down.
This evening I have started vehicle in garage following basic checks.
Water good. Oil brand new 15W-60 Penzoil and probably over full if
Start UP - water and oil lights go out appropriately. Runs smoothly at
first then increasingly rough. I leave at idle without touching
accelerator at all until full at temperature. It becomes smoother at
full temp. It doesn't stall during this time. Notice some black soot
on concrete floor under exhaust which isnt' usually there.
Take for a quick test run - seems to develop almost full power (eg,
not quite 100% smooth and full, just a little rough) and accelerates
well. Seems like it won't stall. Runs pretty well. When home it idles
pretty smoothly. Re-starts well. But I can feel when running it from
cold it's going to do the same thing that happened to Deb.
Is it too rich a mixture maybe (gone out of adjustment?) Or is the
catalytic converter ceramic type issue? Air Flow Meter type issues?
(there has never been a backfire whilst I've owned the vehicle BTW Phill)
Thanks for help - will check in again later this evening to see if
anyone has any clues....