Wednesday, June 1, 2011

It runs, wait no it doesn't, or maybe it still does

I guess this is a bit late, but today was the first day I wasn't fiddling with the Cutlass Ciera.

So we'll start with Saturday.  We figured we could get the icm and coils back in and go from there.  We connect all the wires and figure we'd start it up before bolting everything back in.  The Cutlass started right up, but we didn't want to run it long since it didn't have a fan on it and everything was just dangling.  So Duff goes to start bolting it in when I heard a zap and saw him jumping back.  We forgot to turn off the kill switch, oops.  Well took care of that and started bolting everything in.  Got 2 bolts in and the 3rd of course is in one of those impossible to actually wrench locations, so while we fiddle with it it starts to rain, and rain and rain.  Finally get it bolted up while getting nice and soaking put the fan back in, and went to start it up again.  Wouldn't start.  Just crank and crank and crank and back fire.

Didn't record it so you'll have to take my verbal reenactment.

RRrr RRrr RRrr RRrrr RRrrrr RRrrrrrr Clunk Clunk Clunk.....................Boom

We checked the wires, make sure we plugged them all in right, made sure everything was right, we had it running a half hour ago, right before we arced it on the starter.....crap, we fried our perfectly good icm.

Fortenantly some people from the stopped by, and while oddly they didn't have an a-body they did show up in a Cultass Supreme with a 3100, the newer larger version of our 2.8.  We hooked up the icm and coils to it and and ran perfectly.

So the ICM is still good, what could it be...... maybe it has to do with all this rain soaking the engine compartment, even as we were talking it was still soaking everything since we had the hood wide open ( no one ever said we were smart enough to come in from the rain)  So we close everything and figure we would let it dry out.

Sunday I go back out in the morning shortly before it started to rain again and unplugged everything to make sure it would have a chance to dry out, and brought the icm and coils inside and gave them a good cleaning and drying off.  Even cleaned off the mounting bracket so its nice and shiny (note judges, cleaned not replaced)

Monday it was nice and sunny out.  I uncovered the cutlass so it could dry in the sun.  After a little while I went out and plugged everything back in and gave it a try.

So it starts but doesn't still like a lot of throttle, and still acting up.

Tuesday I played with it some more, started pulling spark plug wires and it looks like we may just have one cylinder acting up and its freaking out the whole system.  Still not sure if its a spark plug, a wire, or an injector but if it is just the one atleast we will have something to focus on.  Of course while pulling the plugs I burnt my finger, I thinkm the car was getting revenge for Duff trying to short the icm.


  1. I cut my finger when I was shorting the ICM, I believe the car got its blood for that already.

  2. You fed the car blood? Isn't that how the book Christine started? We may be in trouble, although on the plus side the car will now fix itself if we drive it.