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Old 05 Sep 2015, 03:23 pm
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So my wife just told me this morning when her car failed to start that its been doing this for weeks. Lol. That would have been good to know weeks ago.
The car starts alright but stalls right away. I can get it to run by messing with the throttle. It a bit rough but smooths out after a few minutes. Something choke related I think. Maybe ignition. I don't know much about fuel injection, but I'm a quick learner.
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Old 05 Sep 2015, 09:20 pm
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When's the last time it had a frigging tune up? I'd start with cleaning the throttle body and taking a good look at the air filter, PCV valve and hose and then the spark plugs. It MIGHT just be something that simple.
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Old 06 Sep 2015, 09:14 am
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check for vacuum leaks. Look online for checking for vacuum leaks and plenty of suggestions.
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Old 06 Sep 2015, 12:20 pm
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Is your engine light on? If so what are the diagnostic trouble codes?

If you are not getting any codes I would suggest looking at the wiring harness from the crankshaft sensor to the back of the engine. It has been known that the clip that holds the wire harness breaks when someone is working underneath and pulls it out of the way to work on something else. Check to see if the wire harness is rubbing on the half shaft starting to short the wires to ground.

If the wiring harness looks good I would look at the throttle body. You might need to clean it.
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Old 06 Sep 2015, 04:55 pm
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Spark plugs I would be looking at. I did at one point have the issue of stalling. I could start it fine and then its like a total cut out. new spark plugs and off we go. Also the cam sensor maybe to look at. I did that too on mine.
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