[DML] Hot Start Solution
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[DML] Hot Start Solution

Several weeks ago, many of you were kind enough to offer some really 
excellent suggestions concerning my ongoing hot start problem.  I had 
originally had the work done at Garden Grove DMC and they had changed 
the check valve, the fuel lines, the accumulator (twice) the 
injectors and the fuel distributor but I still had the problem.  

After over $3,000 and much frustration I took it back to Garden Grove 
and explained the situation and showed them that the car had less 
than 1,000 miles on it since they had done the work. Remember, that I 
live in San Diego and much of the 1,000 miles had be accumulated 
driving back and fourth to their shop.

Anyway, they worked on the car and found the problem.  Apparently, 
they had used my original pressure relief valve in the new fuel 
distributor and the $.30 "O ring" was bad which let the pressure 
bleed down.

They fixed for me and were quite nice about the situation.  I also 
had the TAB's changed as several years ago I had purchased a set 
of "Toby Tabs" and never had them changed because there was no place 
in San Diego to have it done.  While my car only has 12,200 miles on 
it I was worried about the Tabs breaking or bending as a result of 
all of the horror stories in the postings.

I saw the old ones that came out of my car and they looked like brand 
new so, apparently, I was not one who had the problem.  At least now 
I will not have to worry about them in the future and this is a 
comfort to me.

I also was relieved to learn that my "loose" spark plug problem was 
simply what it appeared to be.  No one had tightened the plug when 
they changed them several years before.  I suspect that the phone 
rang, or they were distracted, and just never tightened it.  In any 
case, it was a relief as I had tried to tighten it and I thought that 
it was striped because it did not seem to tighten like it should have.

I also learned that that top of the distributor and the coil had a 
small piece broken off (both in the same spot on the coil wire) so 
they changed those plus added new plug & coil wires.  This seemed to 
correct my problem with "lugging" at about 2,500 RPM.  The car now 
runs fine at all RPM ranges.

All in all, a positive experience and I thank all of you that 
suggested that I return to the vendor.  They do have the expertise to 
do the job.  I now have another $1,250 invested, but I do hopefully 
have a dependable car that will start if I take it out to drive it.

Thanks to all of you for your help and I thought it might be 
worthwhile to report the solution so that those that helped will have 
more information for their future recommendations.  The most 
important aspect being that the vendors have so much experience that 
they are the best source for problems to be corrected.

John Harvey seems to have the solution to the hot start problem with 
his two kits as when you are all through it is usually going to be 
one of those two things that go wrong.  As I have said before, he is 
a wonderful asset that Delorean owners should cherish.

Rob Grady gives excellent advice as he recommends things that could 
be wrong and further suggests talking about it with the vendor that 
did the work.  He too is a wonderful resource and I only wish that we 
were not 3,000 miles apart.

Both Danny and Don certainly know the Delorean and, with patience and 
perseverance, a Delorean owner can also find a solution to their 
problems at this vendor.

Thanks again,

Scot Stern

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