|Originally posted by new_fiero_owner:|
Thanks guys. All this is helping alot. So i was driving it to the garage the other day and while i was driving i came to a stop light and the car stalled out and then wouldn't start back up.
What exactly did it do when you tried to start it?
Did the starter crank at full strength? Crank weakly, or wouldn't crank at all? Did the lights dim?
Did it crank at full strength but engine wouldn't fire at all? Did it crank and sputter occasionally but not enough to run?
|so you know i called the cops and everything since i was in the middle of the street during rush hour. i had my 4 ways on too. so while i was sitting in the cop car waiting for my buddy with the tow truck i watched my 4 way light go dim and eventually nonexistant. could that be the alternator or does anyone think it could be a different problem?|
How long did it take to die? The battery presumably ran dead while it was sitting there. If it wasn't already dead, then the flashers should have kept working for at least 30 minutes I think. I had a breakdown once and I think mine ran about that long. I could be way off on that though.
If the flashers died in just a few minutes, it just sounds like your battery was already dead. If so, and if the engine is back to normal on a charged battery, then it might be the alternator.
|my temp. light on the dash had came on like 2 mins into driving too. but surprisingly the coolant didn't boil or smoke like it had before.|
Are you sure it was actually filled with coolant? I accidentally drove off without coolant once, 2 mins sounds about right for this to happen. I stopped and found it empty.
Also, if the coolant is low and you're pointed downhill, same thing will happen just as quickly. I've had that happen also.
Things you described in your first post point to a coolant leak.
If I understand correctly - did it indicate overheating after 2 minutes, but you kept driving and eventually the engine quit? If I have that right then it doesn't sound good. If there was no sign of an electrical problem, the starter was cranking normally but it would no longer start.. it really doesn't sound good.
|Does anyone have any ideas? do i need to replace any sensors or is that not the problem|
An unstartable engine is very unlikely to be caused by sensors. Sensors may make an engine run poorly, but to make it impossible to start is unlikely.
Have you been able to get it to start since your last post? I hope that problem was electrical, I hope it wasn't a result of overheating (head gasket failure).
I think your car has a real overheating problem. You mentioned boiling coolant in the first post.
I'm not sure if you saw my last post, so I'm repeating here:
You need to find exactly where the coolant is coming from.
From the sound of your first post, it sounds like you had a leaking hose or radiator in the front of the car. As the engine runs for 5 minutes, the coolant heats up and the pressure increases until it starts to leak. Fill the coolant and then watch it and find where the leak is. Make sure it doesn't overheat though.
I'd probably remove the thermostat until the problem is found and fixed. If it doesn't run cold without the thermostat then it's not fixed.Check the radiator cap
. Make sure the valve has a spring that will hold it closed. If the valve flops open with gravity then it's the wrong one
. Many Fieros have the wrong radiator cap installed because it was listed wrong in parts catalogs for something like 10 years. The wrong cap will cause coolant loss.