So, my wife's car wasn't running so well...

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    We brought her car in to the dealership, it is still under warranty. They found about 2 gallons worth of bird seed in the air filter system. The mice in our garage were getting into her bird seed, they would then carry it into the car and deposit it in the air filtration system....

    Mice are seriously dangerous creatures!
     
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    at least you were able to find the problem. My car seems to be posessed. for the last 4 weeks, it has this issue with starting every so often. We put a new battery in, which was needed anyway, since the one in it was the 5yo manufacturer one. We put new spark plugs and wires in it, which needed to be done anyway, because the car is at 115k, catilydic converter was just replaced (not starting related though) and we have brought it to 2 different shops, and NEITHER can find the starting problem. Though both have said it might be the fuel pump, but it isn't coming up on the computer readings. The car does not have any codes come up at all, so both shops think the pump may be starting to go out, but it would only show up if it was malfunctioning at the time of the reading. Of course, it starts up just fine when its in their hands! It's not like it won't start at all, it does, but after about 5-7 minutes. Argh... We do have a ghost in the house, so maybe he's f-ing around with the car just to mess with me and Tim.
     
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    Fuel pump or the electronic distributor, is my guess. Need more info. though.
     
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    that's the thing, we just got it back tonight, and they showed us all the stuff they did, was basically going through it with a fine tooth comb. They didn't charge us, other than for the in-depth computer scan labor which was only $30 because they have had it in before for this same issue, and thought it wouldn't be fair to charge the full $100 as they may have overlooked something previously. I like how honest and fair this shop is-they will always get my business.

    They even cleared the car's computer, as a precaution, took it for a test drive, then scanned it again. Nothing came up at all.
     
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    A weak electronic distributor will not come up on the computer codes.
    Nor will a fuel pump, as far as I know.
     
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    that's what they said, but Andy's (the place i just took it to) said they don't want to replace the fuel pump, which would run us about $500 total, then have that still not solve the problem. As far as the electronic distributor, i can't seem to find that in our Haynes manual for the car. would it be called something else? The car is a 00 Impala, if that helps you.
     
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    Haynes SUX...

    But it has to be hooked-up to a Diagnostic machine..do you have a Tune-up-clinic up there?
    $40-50 to check it.

    I’m betting that’s the problem (electronic distributor)..GM 00 yr. Replace it.
    Starts sometimes just fine and other time 2-3 minutes, right?
     
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    right, usually starts fine, then randomly every so often, it takes a few minutes, almost like it is either getting no fuel or something electronic is malfunctioning.

    no tune-up-clinic (that's a shop/store right? never heard of it)

    where would the elect distributor be, or should I go check a chilton's from the library? Tim could do it himself, if he knew where it was and it isn't complicated, like he has to remove a ton of stuff to get to it. Temp's are averaging about 15-30 deg F here, so if it will take a while, we may as well have Andy's do it as our garage isn't heated.
     
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    It is the top of the distributor. If it's a GM it's probably a flat piece, easy to remove and replace.
    Mine, on a Buick 1991, was $70 for the part.

    Haynes does lack in many things, but even they show you where it is.
     
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    unfortunately, i can't seem to find anything in the index or troubleshooting, or any of the chapters even saying 'distributor'
    would the part maybe be the same as ignition module? that part has numbers 1-6(for each cylinder of course), connecting the module to the spark plug wires then to the spark plugs.
     

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