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Old 18 Mar 2008, 05:25 pm
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I just finished changing the plugs in my 2003 2.4liter standard, and I'm running into some issues. First there was an odd noise, kind of like a shh, but on a pattern. I decided to double check the plugs and make sure they were tight, but now when I start the car it's up at 3k rpms instead of the 1k idle. What did I do? Any thoughts? Thanks.
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Old 18 Mar 2008, 06:25 pm
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You have a vacum leak. Probably missed a vacum hose or an intake seal,
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Old 18 Mar 2008, 07:47 pm
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I second that opinion. There's a vacuum hose on the right side of the upper intake, make sure that's attached to the air intake.
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Old 18 Mar 2008, 10:59 pm
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agree with slarty and crewzin.
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Old 19 Mar 2008, 09:08 am
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That was it, somehow (I think thanks to my son helping) two of the intake seals were lost. And of course I didn't double check for them till after. Thanks for the reply's, I've no idea what he did with them so now I have to wait for the dealership to get some in around 3 today. Well, I blame myself for involving my 3 1/2 year old, but I wanted to spend time with him on my day off and not just work on the car lol. Thanks!
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Old 19 Mar 2008, 10:07 am
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Funny, I thought about saying something about the intake seals because they could easily fall out while lifting the intake but then thought, surely a person doing this procedure would see if they were all there before putting the intake back in place. When I saw that your "helper" was 3 1/2, I can see why you might have been distracted enough to miss it.
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Old 19 Mar 2008, 07:54 pm
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Welcome here.

Hope you replaced the wires, too... the stock wires are crap...
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Old 20 Mar 2008, 10:39 am
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I didn't change the wires. I'll look into getting some this week though. Either way the car runs much better after a quick tune up with new plugs, filters and oil. Hopefully it will start getting closer to the 32mpg it averaged when I got it a year ago.
Oh and in case anyone wants a laugh, we went to pick up the gaskets and I handed them to my wife to hold in the car and she laughed at me and said "you just paid 20 bucks for rubber bands" lol
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Old 20 Mar 2008, 12:47 pm
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They may be expensive but, look at the time you spent with your son. In a few years you'll laugh at the $20 bucks you spent. By the time he is a adult, you will have spent much more than that. I know that for a fact!!!
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Old 20 Mar 2008, 01:24 pm
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Tell her their not just any rubber bands but SPECIAL bands that magically allow the intricate curved features of the Cruiser upper and lower intake manifold to join together harmoniously as if they were one piece.
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