Join Date: Jan 2010
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Hi, I got the thing started again, here's my best guess..
When it got so cold, I think that condensation froze in the catalytic converter and essentially plugged up the exhaust.
I had a friend squirt starter spray into the air intake (disassembled the air box) which caused the engine to catch for a few seconds. We did that a few times until it would run at high rpm but not idle. White smoke was billowing out the back - scared me, I thought I cracked the head or something. After a little bit, the smoke cleared and the car would run.
Since my wife takes a lot of short trips, I figure that the exhaust system had some water built up and the super cold temps (not above freezing for 2 weeks) caused the it to freeze in the cat and clog things up.
I let it idle for about an hour then took it for a drive. It struggled initially but a few hot laps around the block and it was back to normal. Whew.