Oh man fellas, this is great!
Alright, reasoning behind me looking into the computer is simple.
symptoms listed in order of occurrence in the last 6+ months:
an intermittent kind of studder in the idle once the car is warmed up.
much rougher idle.
lower fuel starved sounding rougher idle.
Now, after some research I came to the conclusion the intermittent studdering in the idle, may have been from oil getting past the sparkplug seals.
Then fudging up the CPS, which this awesome video shows how to remove http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oT8WOiYfZWA
but haven't been able to afford it, even from a local junkyard. However, from what I can tell all this requires some ground work,
sparkplug seals, 25 bucks
gaskets, at least 45 but possibly more
CPS $? probably 30 bucks at the junkyard.
possibly new computer, probably 30 at the junkyard, if they are not locked to VIN.
then needing to do all this in one session, and I can't afford to pay for it or throw money at possibilities.
This being my mom's car, hence the name, I can't go and buy her the parts since I have my own car to deal with.
I can work on her car anytime, and I don't have any problem when I know what needs to be done,
but I don't have access to it while she is at work unless she takes my car which isn't registered yet (dangerous) here in florida.
As far as money goes I don't have any money to throw at all her stuff that seems to go wrong all the time,
and I would never ask her to pay me for fixing her stuff anyway.
I'm left with less than bare minimum in every situation unless I pay for it,
which gets very costly very quick, and ultimately continues to mess up my finances.
Worst part of this is that even though she works she spends way beyond her means
and can't manage her money at all, and I can't do a thing about it.
so every few days sometimes a week before her payday, she let's her bank account get down into single digits, and comes begging me for money.
I'm just lucky, no credit card companies will give her anymore cards to burn up, but I made a huge mistake mentioning AMScott to her.
Before I got to FL, she was driving the car without a working cooling fan for approx. 6 months.
she was just able to get to work before the car would overheat.
As far as I can tell, the heads and block have not warped.
So that's my situation. I have to calculate this to the point I know exactly what to fix, before it's ran dead.
This gives me an idea though to find out how useful the CPS actually is, and if I could run the car for a while
without it connected since it seems to be part of the main issue.