brando26 wrote:Just to clarify, do you mean the transmission shifts harder, or do you mean it is harder to move the gear shift into place? If it is the second, what Bill said is a valid point. If it is the first, I would wait it out and let the computer do its learning process. After disconnecting the negative cable for a while the computer resets and has to relearn your driving style and reset its shift points.
The K&N intake will create some degree of effect on take off and might make it shift harder when you get on it.
I would replace the spark plugs with some NGK laser platinums since your previous plugs were well.. saturated with the one thing spark plugs shouldnt be saturated with.. water. While you have them out, look in the spark plug boot of the coil pack and see if they are corroded at all to rule that out.
Yes it's hard to shift it into gear with the gear shift. I don't see how washing my engine has created all these faulty issues. It was suppose to be safe to clean the engine.
Anyhow, here is my update for today's driving. It is still very hard to put the car into gear using the gear shifter. The car runs poorly, sputtering and idles very rough.
When I blew out the water from the spark plug tubes I also blew out water from the rubber boots and checked inside for corrosion but I did not see any.
I was going to get Bosch platinum 4's but will now consider NGK laser platinums. Can you tell me why you would go with those over the platinum 4's from Bosch?
Bill Putney wrote:On the stiff shifting, I do know that the problems with the earlier year shifter cables was definitely water/corrosion related. You may have the earlier design cable, which lets water in. Once it gets corroded, the presence of water in it would certainly make it tighten up. I think for that you need a new cable - corrosion doesn't tend to get better, even if it dries out. If it does, then I would think the improvement would only be temporary until it grows some more.
How would water get in the cable from just washing the engine? Do you recommend I buy one at autozone or the dealer?
Any more advice is greatly appreciated!