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Please help - I just replaced my distributor cap, ignition rotor, spark plugs and wires, and fuel filter over the last 48 hours. Yesterday, it stalled while waiting at a red light and was towed to my house. I had just purchased all the parts for the above described repair during this trip. I have also replaced the knock sensor, timing belt, alternator, mass, egr valve solenoid, several relays, vacuum hoses, battery, air filter, oil filter, 2 o2 sensors, muffler and resonator. The car started briefly today following the spark plug, wire replacement, distributor cap and ignition rotor repair, but repeated engine rotation w/o turning over as before. I scanned my car again yesterday and found no codes. I had emissions work done on the vehicle 1 month ago and passed the test. Any ideas? Also, for about four months I have noticed odd erratic engine idling at lights and in slow traffic and some odd almost choking during acceleration.
Although there are many reasons that can cause this situation maybe try the following: 1. is the battery fully charged 2. check if the switch is defective 3. check battery cables for corrosion - not the end connectors The Positive and negative cables can be pinched and corroded somewhere down the length of wire. I found a decent new pair at Blain's Farm and Fleet. Good battery, lights come on but not enough cranking amps to turn starter. Replacing the starter it is imperative the Bendix and flywheel line up. This is the part of the starter that has a coil so that when you turn the key to start your car, voltage goes to the coil, and it expels the rotor which spins and engages the starter bendix (with the smaller teeth on it) into the larger flywheel teeth to turn the engine to start the car. So, using the same shims (small metal strips) from original starter often works and is recommended. If there was excessive wear on the old starter Bendix and flywheel the originals shims may not work. Inspect the flywheel to make sure it is in good shape. Usually the bendix on the starter will wear out first if a slight misalignment is there. If the flywheel is deeply grooved or has broken teeth you will need to replace it. Misaligned gears may be causing the starter bendix gear to hang against the flywheel teeth. This will cause a clicking noise since the bendix can not dis-engage and hangs up. Make certain the wire running to the new starter has a clean connection. Do not assume it is good because the connector is shiny. Good small wire brush then a small amount of vaseline on the connector. Should keep the corrosion and any film deposits from forming later. Adding or removing shims: Be sure the starter engages the flywheel without any metal to metal grinding noises. It is absolutely critical the gears synchronize (mesh together) without hanging or grinding during the cranking procedure.
I think you may want to check the recall notices on this issue. I do remember not long after buying my suv used having received a recall notice to have the dealer fix this issue for free, but I would investigate this recall again since alot of time has now passed.
Already replaced, egr, timing belt, spark plugs, mass air flow sensor, alternator and battery. I can hear what sounds like pocket change when accelerating.