I want to get this clear right away - this is not my car. It is (ready for this?) my best friend's girlfriend's son's car. Yes, read that again. The mother, the son and my friend know even less than I do about these cars so I'm coming to a forum where I hope I can get a nudge in the right direction and get this care SAFE for this teenager.
Got a call Sunday morning that the car won't stay running. Got CEL and they cleared them. Friend turned up the idle to keep the idle running but complains that the car is idling at first start up at 2k rpm. Not surprised. If stopped at a light and no gas applied, the engine dies.
Car was purchased in southern Wisconsin (hint #1) and driven to Omaha, NE. Drove fine the whole way back, only started acting up after fueling locally. (Hint #2)
Popped the hood and here is what I, with very little knowledge can see - upgraded turbo (Garret), TiAl recirculating bov, upgraded pulleys (all three?), K&N intake and upgraded piping all around. Exhaust looks stock. Can't be sure on down or up. Cobb AP version 1 I think, sitting in the glove box. Cobb shows 17lb of boost. They have zero records of any work, no receipts, no idea who tuned if it wasn't a downloaded tune, etc. Clutch is not stock I don't think. You can leave in first in the first inch from the floor and can shift between the rest of the gears with just a flick of clutch. Short throw shifter that feels fantastic.
I guessed that they may have filled it with 93 in WI and we just don't have a lot of stations with that so I pulled 2* of timing out of it. Took out the bump he added in idle. Looked (i'm not expert) for leaks or something that looks amiss. After starting and letting it warm up, took it out for a brief drive. It drove fine all day Sunday.
Monday morning, they called and said it CELd and got them to give codes - misfire on all four. They reset the tune, which cleared the CEL as well as the pull in timing. Won't stay running. Had them pull back 2* again and it seems to be running fine.
My STRONG recommendation was to get it to a tuner, have them pop the hood, look at what is in the AP and set them up with a solid 91 tune that can be used around here. Am I leading them down the right road? If I am, where in the world does one take this car in or near the Omaha, NE for a good tune? I know this is probably a mix of too little and too much info, so my apologies. I told them I wanted to start at the beginning and do a complete once over - check plugs, wires, maf, oil, etc. They don't really know what they've bought and I want this car to be as safe as something like this can be for a kid just getting his license.
On a personal side note, after driving this car I realized - I gotta get me one of these....
Thanks in advance.