Okay, I decided to clean up the ride today, going on a long weekend trip. I had this brillant idea to use dielectric grease on all the connections under the hood..
now it won't run.. well.. it will barely run..
I did the spark plugs.
the fuel injectors
the O2 connections
the vaccum connections,etc
What gives?? Was that the worst idea known to man to do or what??
04-24-2003, 04:02 PM
Numbers #1, #2, #4, and #6
04-24-2003, 04:47 PM
Pull the plugs and get it of their connectors too. Die-electric is silicone grease so make sure none gets near the MAF sensor wires or they're toast.
Once you've cleaned it all out order some Pro Gold 100GxL. It's the best connectors, switches, plugs and sockets cleaner/conditioner on earth!
You can do a Google search on it or go to www.caig.com for all the poop. It's the ONLY thing I've used since discovering it in the early eighties. And I use it on EVERY electrical connector under the hood of all three of my cars. And on every TV, stereo cable, interconnect and 110v outlet related to those items in my home. Incredibly good stuff!
04-24-2003, 04:50 PM
upon further exploration..
It appears the the front two ignition coils (or what ever they are called) are not working.. that would explain why Cyl 3 and Cyl 5 are the only two running...
04-24-2003, 04:52 PM
Perhaps you mistakenly used regular grease, or, alternatively, the tube you used did not contain what it said it did??? Sounds a lot like someone make a mistake somewhere.
Additionally, did the dielectric grease indicate that it could handle high voltages like those on spark plug connections??? I usually see that stuff used on 12v battery terminals, not on high amp applications.
I would just try to remove it and see what happens. Start with the spark plugs first. Then, if that does not work, the fuel injectors and O2 connections. Vacuum hoses should be okay.
04-24-2003, 04:55 PM
It doesn't say anything else about the voltage...
04-24-2003, 05:37 PM
cyl 3 and cyl 5 are golden...
the rest aren't.....
04-24-2003, 06:40 PM
they're easily fried. My son had a friend over one morning and he was testing them with a screwdriver against ground while I was inside getting a cup of coffee. By the time I got back outside he had fried all 3. Very sensitive those things.
04-24-2003, 07:02 PM
Ignition Coil #1 and Ignition Coil #2 are DOA.
Cha-CHING!!! Those bad boys are spendy!!!! $290.00- ??!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?
Christ... And of course the dealer doesn't have any in stock...
04-24-2003, 07:07 PM
if the high voltage is jumping through the grease as opposed to the plug. Hear any arcing sounds (like a tick tick tick)
04-24-2003, 07:09 PM
Somehow I was smart enough to fry my ignition coils... 2 of the 3 anyway...
stupid di-electric grease...(pounding head on the monitor)
04-24-2003, 08:03 PM
The dielectric grease only prevents corrosion from starting on the open electrical connection, it actually seals the connection like electrical tape.
NOT intended to conduct electricity!!! Aye, there's the rub!
I just did a google search on "dielectric" and it appears to basically mean non-conductivity of electric current but supportive of electrostatic fields.
Thus, the problem may have resulted from our understanding of the grease's purpose.<ul><li><a href="http://whatis.techtarget.com/definition/0,,sid9_gci211945,00.html">Definition/Explanation of Dielectric</a></li></ul>
04-24-2003, 09:07 PM
Nobody believes me. :-(
04-25-2003, 03:52 AM
I'm not sure exactly where it is, but I could dig it up this weekend. Let me know if you want it and we can work something out.
04-28-2003, 04:56 AM
Spendy little mistake... $314 bones out the door.
I was in a bind because I had to go out of town for the weekend.
I appreciate the offer Scott, and should I do a bone headed thing like that again, I will be sure to see if you still have it available.
04-28-2003, 05:24 AM
If you haven't installed it yet, make sure to pay close attention to which wire goes to which coil when you remove the wires from the old coil pack.
04-28-2003, 01:03 PM
my gas mileage went through the roof! I averaged about 90MPH on the road trip and I put 345 miles on the tank of gas. I have never gone more than 285 before..