Well . . . Mickey just suffered his first breakdown. I got in this AM and started him up and noticed he did something unusual. Instead of starting right up, it took about three, maybe four seconds to start, something which has never happened
Immediately I thought . . . Now that's a little weird
I turned the Ignition back off and started Mickey again, this time he lit right off as always
as I presumed this was just a momentary green Gremlin giving me a quick poke. I was on my way to church only two miles from home when suddenly, Mickey started surging or slightly bogging, he was still running, but a little rough. I immediately turned down the radio and started to modulate the accelerator pedal to see if it had a dead spot or was this the fuel pump suddenly going out ?
Well, this went on for about an 1/8 th of a mile when I decided I better turn Mickey back around and head for home, I didn't want to press my luck. I got him turned around on a side street and then he just died. Several tries at a restart failed, it was time to call the Tow Truck and admit defeat
I should mention here, at no time when Mickey started running rough did any fault lights illuminate of the dash.
I waited about ten minutes and thought I would try again to start Mickey. Once or twice, the engine did start to fire its' spark plugs momentarily, he was almost going to start, but alas, he didn't
So . . . My best guess as of right now, not being the proud owner of a iCarsoft Scanner is, I believe since the car was bogging and running rough momentarily rather than just immediately die-ing, is either the fuel pump has gone south or perhaps the accelerator pedal. I hope it's the accelerator pedal, they're super easy to replace and not that expensive.
Mickey is a 2005 SLK 350 with 86,000 miles. It seems that the miles are a little low to have a fuel pump failure. My 1996 Toyota Tacoma has 335,00 miles ans still has the original fuel pump and water pump
Any thoughts or insights would be greatly appreciated.
Also, I am thinking about buying the higher cost iCarsoft MB II Scanner over the model i980. Does anyone have any experience with this newer scanner? Is it worth the extra $ to buy one ?