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01-13-2013 12:41 AM
Neptune15 And the plugs are the OE platinum plugs. Last time I checked them (maybe 10k ago) they looked brand new.
01-13-2013 12:37 AM
Neptune15 My engine mods are just the ones I've listed: CAI and tune. Everything else is stock.

When it comes to spark plugs, I've read around and it seems the Autolites are popular. I'll try those next time I change the plugs.

When we look at my issue from a logical standpoint, I think we can rule out things like a clogged fuel filter or bad plugs. The engine runs perfectly fine once I gets "over" the stalling problem. The problem is either there or not. There's no middleground. Once the engine starts up and idles, it stays that way until I've shut it off and kept it off for 5+ hours in the cold.

If I'm least knowledgeable in one area, is has to be electrical. Could the cold cause the ECU or some type of wire to seize up somehow?

These past few days have been warm so my car has been running like a champ.
01-11-2013 11:46 PM
whynotthinkwhynot Pinging in cold weather on high octane fuel, and you're having trouble keeping it running until the engine warms up? It's either a vacuum leak or a sticking injector, but something is making you lean.

Tune-ups, especially in this car, don't really have to cost a lot of money. One thing you might take a second to learn, if you want to diagnose internal engine problems- the standard 20k mile spark plug is your friend. Spark plug deposits will tell you more than code readers if you know what you're looking at. Another lost art is simply cleaning plugs. You don't have to replace plugs if the plug isn't bad, just remove, clean, regap, reinstall.

BTW, are you turbocharged? Modified pistons? Camshafts? What are your mods? That might give me some ideas to help you. For example, if you recently installed a cotton/oil filter like a K&N, then you might want to seriously consider cleaning your MAF. That one tends to make the engine run rich and your problem seems to be lean, but it's worth knowing so we can cross it off. I always recommend that people clean the MAF weekly for a month after filter cleaning, re-oiling, and primary installation.

One thing with a new CAI or filter is the A/F reset. If you haven't done that- even a tune might not keep you from pinging.

Tell us more bro.
01-11-2013 11:04 PM
gondorian My car was doing this the other day but then it stopped. Let me know how you fixed it. I was thinking IAC valve, but since it is working now I don't feel like pulling it off if it isn't likely to help.
01-11-2013 12:05 PM
Neptune15 Your image isn't showing up lauradogin.

I think I nailed down the cause of this problem. I'll give the solution once I've confirmed it's the cause.
01-11-2013 08:11 AM
lauradogin yeah.Someone who tries to hop the car up yet has not a clue of basic engine care or would already probably have it fixed.
01-10-2013 09:48 PM
amc49 No insult intended of course..............

Look to ignition and idle airflow, meaning IAC, PCV, and TB aircrack. Staying started when super cold requires hot clean ignition and airflow. I've stopped supercold start and die issues on others by cleaning the aircrack at the TB as well as new pcv valve.

There should be no need to 3-4 times key on to prime up pump, one time only or something wrong there..........................maybe leaky injector or bad pump if you can't hear it spin up.
01-10-2013 08:34 PM
Neptune15 And for the record, the car has driven 65,000 kilometres.
01-10-2013 08:20 PM
cbdallas Sounds like IAC to me, but if your car has never had a tune-up, put that in your budget plan. They won't run forever on the factory ignition & fuel parts.
01-10-2013 06:50 PM
Neptune15 I apologize for not being a mechanic expert, and wanting more power from my car. I should have known better.

I just know, from experience, that dropping money (even just for a tune-up) is not the way to tackle an issue. I was hoping for someone to go "oh, I had that exact problem. The problem is x," instead of "just keep up to date on maintenance because you have obviously slacked off in that department."
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