Hi, long time listener, second time writer (years ago I asked for help on my old car). I’m unsure whether I should take my car in for service or not. Here is the story:
A few weeks ago the check engine light went on and my dad narrowed it down to the air intake hose which was cracked. He put some duct tape on it until we could get a replacement and the light went off.
Several days later I went through the car wash when it was 4 degrees (not sure if that had anything to do with it but it was probably a bad idea regardless). Then when I pulled into my driveway which is at the top of a large hill, the engine started shuddering. I turned it off and back on and it continued. A few hours later I turned the car on and it was fine. Then the next day it did the same thing as I was going up the hill. Those are the only 2 times that happened.
Additionally, a couple days later I drove for about 3 hours on the highway and the heater quit working. It would work for a few minutes, then I’d turn it off when it got cool, then turn it back on again and it would be warm again. (I have a turn it off and on mentality due to working with computers. ) It was about 5 degrees that day too and I don’t think the air inside ever got that cold though. It still kept the windows defrosted.
Does it seem like the issues might be caused by the air hose crack? I just don’t feel like paying a bunch when we have the hose ready to replace ourselves.