11-01-2013, 12:01 PM
Join Date: Nov 2013
97 Z28 issues, any help would be appreciated
Hey guys, couple of issues I'm facing that I'm not sure what to do about...
97 Z28 Lt1, (auto-trans), has 118k on it. I've only had it for a few months, and I love it more then my wife.
FYI, I'm not extremely gear-savvy, but I've had about 10 Camaros at this point, and I've done a lot of work on them myself over the years. Mostly minor stuff, alternators, starters, heater cores, etc... I don't know very much, but I can typically get by with my Chilton manual and some solid info from experts.
Ok, so when I tried to start my car this morning, it wouldn't turn over. It was raining pretty heavy, and had been all night, and this is the first time this has happened, so I have to assume it's related.
Starter was working fine, just wouldn't turn over. Kept getting almost over, then kinda sounded like it was choking out, would sputter a bit, and then go silent. After trying it repeatedly for about 5 minutes, it eventually turned, and then drove just fine. Drove it for about an hour after, turned it on and off repeatedly, no problems.
I would assume this was some electrical component that got too wet ya? Where would I start with diagnosing this? I was going to just change all the plugs and wires this weekend, but I haven't done that on this car yet, and from what I hear, it's a nightmare on this model. Is that true? Also, I hear that this could be the optispark, and that is not only expense, but probably not something I should attempt myself? Again, any truth to that?
Not sure if this is related or not, but I've been experiencing some general poor performance lately with it. Doesn't have the power it should, sputters or does a very light backfire when I'm going over 55 and take my foot off the accelerator... These things could all be pointing to an issue with firing yeah?
Any help you guys could give me would be greatly appreciated.
Last edited by Noct; 11-01-2013 at 12:04 PM.