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Old 11-30-2009, 11:38 PM
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Stalling problems

So i posted quite a while back about a few problems i was having with the car, and I've taken it to a mechanic since then, explained it to him and supposedly had the problems fixed. However, the exact problem has popped up again, and is happening even more frequently now, so i was hoping someone here could give me some insight. It's a '97 4 speed auto.

Basically the problem happens only after i have been driving for 30-40 minutes around the city in stop/start traffic. After i come to a stop, the car seems to idle a bit lower than normal and when i accelerate from a standstill, even lightly, it sputters and carries on, nearly stalls and then after 4-5 seconds the revs pick up and its fine until i stop again. If i take my foot off the brake without accelerating and let it move forward on its own there is no problem, until i accelerate.

In addition to this, I've noticed that my mileage is EXTREMELY poor. Last time i filled up i ran the car until the fuel light came on, i ended up getting around about 260km out of 50 liters (162 miles from 13 gallons) or about 12 miles per gallon, while being extremely light on the accelerator. I also get a carbon buildup on the exhaust/back of the car extremely quickly. I'm running 98 octane fuel by Australian standards, which i think is 93 in the US.

I'm worried i might be damaging the car, and my mechanic didn't fix it, so hopefully someone on here can give me a bit of insight and maybe i can fix it myself.

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Old 11-30-2009, 11:50 PM
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Re: Stalling problems

What did the mechanic do to the car to fix it initially? How long was it after he "fixed" it before the problem popped up again?
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Re: Stalling problems

He messed around with the air intake system and replaced the rubber attaching the pipe to the intake, and to be honest, i don't think it actually fixed it for any period of time. That was just one of the things he "fixed", he also did some general maintenance, topped up the oil and transmission fluid etc so he may have missed the problem completely. It was maybe 2 weeks after i got it back from the shop before it happened again, but it was the first time i had really driven for more than 15 minutes that it happened again.

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Could it be your tranny trying to tell you that its gonna give up on you? idk like everyone says auto ludes are crap. Im just saying.....
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Re: Stalling problems

Sounds an awful lot like a bad cat converter to me. Are you throwing any cels?
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Re: Stalling problems

if it dies on u it might be the distributor..hmm
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Re: Stalling problems

Is this car manual or auto?
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Re: Stalling problems

Thank you for the replies. It's an auto, and i just drove home before and heading onto the highway i decided to floor it from 2nd until i nearly red lined it, and looking behind me i could see a little bit of white smoke that i haven't noticed before. As for the distributor or catalytic converter, ill go do more research into them. As for any cel's, I've only ever had one a few weeks ago, as i was flooring it up a pretty big hill, the car wasn't performing very well and i got a cel for about 20 minutes until i got home. I turned the car off and it disappeared and didn't come back on. The mechanic checked that too and he said there were no errors stored in it...

It seems to be more and more likely that it's an exhaust problem, so i guess ill go see what i can do to try find the problem.
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Re: Stalling problems

white smoke....or blue smoke? blue smoke looks like white but has a blueish tint to it....my guess your burning oil....or coolant....wich is a head gasket
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Re: Stalling problems

Honestly unless it was a lot of smoke I wouldn't worry about it.And by a lot I mean like billowing out. A few puffs is somewhat normal... Almost any car is gonna put out a little bit of smoke WOT.
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Re: Stalling problems

So a friend took a look at my car and it turns out the battery that was on the car had the wrong sized terminals and the negative terminal was barely attached. Also it was bone dry and barely functioning to the point that my sub woofer would cut out if i turned the volume up and it sounded like a truck on start up. Last week i accidentally left my headlights on for less than 10 minutes which was enough to drain the battery enough that i needed a jump start. I bought the best battery available to replace it and it has made a huge difference to the car, it sounds completely different when i start it up now and starts instantly. I took it out for a run, floored it a few times and when i came back i could smell a really strong sulfurish smell that has never been that strong before, which i assume is from the catalytic converter. I've taken it on a few long runs and the problems are gone.

I really have no idea how a faulty battery could cause problems like that, but I'm assuming there was some kind of clog in the catalytic converter and flooring it with the extra power has blown it out or something. I have no idea where the extra power has come from though. Fuel economy is much higher too.
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Re: Stalling problems

Glad to hear everything's okay with your lude!
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