I just recently bought a 1992 Cabriolet which seemed to be running well. It only has about 63k miles on it and the interior is clean, so I jumped on it. I fully expected to pour some money into this machine to make it REALLY awesome, but it was pretty awesome when I got it.
Here's the issue... or at least the first of I'm sure many that I will post.
This morning I took the car to work. It's about a 40 mile trip, all highway. When I got close to my office, I had to stop at a stop sign. As I went to proceed, the power choked for a while and then died. I stopped for a minute and tried to restart the engine. On about my third attempt, it started back up, and I drove up to the office, another half mile with no incidents. When I got parked, I popped the hood and got a scent of something burning. It seemed to be coming from the right side of the engine, between the battery and the engine.
Here's some of the background that may be helpful:
I just got it back from my mechanic, whom I fully trust. He had changed out the valve gasket cover and changed the oil. I changed all the spark plugs, wires, and distributor cap about two weeks ago. Other than these things, I have no idea when any maintenance had been done to this vehicle. It did not come with records.
Odd performance items that may or may not have any bearing on this problem:
- When idling after warm, the engine pressure drops below 1 bar to about .8, and my light starts to blink. This was happening consistently when I first got the vehicle, diminished when I had put 20w50 oil, as recommended here, and now has started again after I had the oil changed.
- The exhaust sounds kinda like a diesel. Lots of put put put put putting.
- When first started up, my engine has a hard time finding the correct idle speed, as described in the link above. It revs up and then down and then up and down. After about a minute or two, it settles down.
So, should I drive it home? Anyone know what my problem(s) is/are?