yea, you need a new distributer o-ring, or pickup a new distributer. might want to replace the cap/wires/rotor and coil while you're in there.
Yup, same thing. Look on the water outlet pipe, above the starter. I'm more familiar with the V6 engines, but on the 3SFE I believe the temp sensor sticks-out the bottom of the aluminum outlet there (the rad hose may be obscuring it).MattSWE said:the ECT and the water temp sensor are the same thing right?
If the ECT was out of spec, wouldnt the car always idle high as well?Mike Gerber said:I would check the engine coolant temperature sensor (ECT sensor) with a DVM and the specs from any manual. It may be out of range and telling the ECU (computer) the car is cold, when it is actually still warm. This would richen up the mixture, as if the car was starting when morning cold. It may be too rich for a partially warm engine. The white smoke you are seeing may be unburned fuel exiting the exhaust.
I'd do the distributor repair and then refer to the other threads mentioning white smoke. Check for coolant consumption, spark plugs for oil or coolant fouling, etc.MattSWE said:well guys, I finally fixed my surging idle problem...a junkyard IAC solved it alright, I cleaned it with brake cleaner as well and it does great but.....
when I drive the car for 20-30min or so and come back an hour or so later and start it.....it barely starts, shakes horribly and dies most of the time unless I rev it. Plus it smokes white.
My idea of the problem is that last time I took off the distributor cap, there was a decent bit of oil inside the distributor cap! What I think is that oil is sitting on the coil and dist. and when I start it...it can get any spark until it warms up and burns the oil off. Because the car does fine AFTER it warms up!!! Am I in need of a distributor O-ring? or new coil? Is it a DIY project?
thanks a lot guys