My wife told me today that "car does not drive, smoke is coming from above the left rear wheel", "yesterday it drove just fine", ... so I ended up enjoying her company at my work office.
Came home, tried to start -- I thought first initial ones were almost like cranking, after a few I could smell some gas (I think not exhaust) smell, from the tail pipe there was a light white smoke slowly raising up/out. Did few gentle taps on the starter (in the back of the engine, nearby the AT dip stick)... no change. Wify on my question said that "it started" in the morning, but I wouldn't be too positive about that - although since she says that smoke was coming from the back, might as well has happened but then "died".
Here is a video with sound from an attempt now:
I checked on OBD-II - seems to be no codes.
Almost never had to deal with ignition (besides changing spark plugs etc), primarily only mechanics, so not sure how to approach the problem:
Is it a starter? not quite sure if that is the whole picture if it indeed did start in the morning (note: night/morning outide temperature was about 41F, day > 70F)
Could engine just seize may be? (unlikely I guess, but who knows given that 3 months back wify managed to drive it around for probably 10 minutes while coolant all was boiling out (hose ripped open) and car kept dying).
edit 1: FWIW my wify stated that :
- car did start this morning, but refused to go backward (need to get back first, sightly up the hill)
- in previous days she felt some gas (or exhaust, she isn't sure) smell when starting
So it is indeed probably not just a starter :-/
Not yet quite sure on how to diagnoze the beast - any ideas are welcome!
Edited by yarikoptic, 03 October 2017 - 06:23 PM.