so ive been doing some research trying to figure out whats up with my heep and im not positive on what it might be. sorry for the lengthy read but i want to describe the problem best i could.
while searching i couldnt really find anything to specific to my problems, but these threads gave me the most info, i think.
the problem : while driving, the engine will stop dead. the rpms drop to 0 and then shoot back up to where it was before it dropped with a little backfire and a buck and i continue on driving but my lights and radio stay on. in all the other threads ive read through, theirs will actually shut off and will have to key on the ignition to get going again and they say they have no electrical inside either.
this has happened to me maybe 2 or 3 times since ive owned it (december 2010) never was a big deal, never gave me problems off-road. but this morning on the way to work it was really bad to the point i had to pull over and let people by because it kept coming on and off by itself. once everyone went by i continued on my way with no problems to work(another 20 miles)
my theory : 1) there was a good amount of condensation this morning and i could possibly have a crack in the cap but i had no problems sunday going through various mud holes and creeks.
2) the coil or TPS could be on its way out giving intermittent problems?
3) there could be a loose wire somewhere?
ill be spending my lunch break trying to figure this one out, ill start by letting it run while i shake individual wires in the engine bay. i have a meter here at work aswell if anyone could give me pointers on what to check and what i should be checking for before i get out of work and start throwing parts at it that it may or may not need.
wheww, thanks for reading and for any help