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#1 Old Sep 30th, 2004, 09:08 PM
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help! car shakes/bogs so bad it can hardly drive!

I'm driving a 93' sentra xe, manual tranny

A while back, early this year, i had a few problems similar to this. the car would bog, shake a little, and i'd lose power....STP fuel+injector stuff was put in, seemed to work, cause it quit doing it.

now, many months later.... i notice im low on fuel going somewhere....had to be on time, stopped at nearest gas station. filled up with Cheveron w/Techron stuff, 5gal. got there just fine, 2hrs later, i get in to leave....and the car is shaking and bogging, but still running. real hard to get up to 60mph. BAD loss of power, incomparable to the early year problem.

suddenly it works fine after getting home. so i figure, oh well. oh no. it did it again the next day, parked a while, then was fine. start it again, ran bad, parked for a while, then ran good....went on like this for a few days.... i figured i just got 'bad gas'....so i filled up somewhere else (cheveron w/techron again, coincidently). problem when away....for 1.5 days.

went on like this for a few more days, and i figured "ok, 'chevron gas+my nissan = bad'". so i drive and waste the gas for a while so i can fill up at my normal gas station....didn't get that far. i left earlier today and it was still bogging. before i came back, i let it sit and bog for 10min, and it settled out and ran fine. that technique worked twice. i get back, and 30min later i leave to a friend's place.

this time it was REALLY bad. the car shook and bogged so hard i swore it was having a seizure. it wouldn't start normally, i had to give it WOT to start and even then it slooowwly bogged real hard until i could rev it to i guess would be ~2k rpm (no tach). i tried driving it, which was a feat in itself. it would die anytime it stopped moving, had to keep within a min. of 2.5k rpm just to MOVE. it still shook and bogged 35-40mph in 3rd. it was a short trip to where i was going, so i continued, and checked a couple of things there. i had to WOT and fight with clutch/throttle ratio just to get to 30mph. i found out keeping it revved on hills at stops was a bit of a challenge (everything is a hill 'round here).

got to friend's place. there was a stench of something similar to that of something recently incinerated. probably from my having to keep high revs and only accelerated slowly.

spark plugs looked fine.
fuel filter didn't seem to be very clogged (though not sure)
i dont think an o2 sensor screwup would do something this bad.
it does this in nuetral and any gear. also with clutch in (disengaged)

i decided to try and get home. same bogging as before, but mid-way it 'surged' forward suddenly and then.....was FINE the rest the way home. im sure it wont be if i try to start it again.

im completely lost on this. my poor sentra is having strokes.... a few ppl tell me it could be in the fuel system.... the pump most likely. im almost outa gas now (curse that techron...not sure if its it, but its something to blame). im wondering if i should try replacing some stuff (plugs and filter) or try filling up with my normal gas (and adding STP stuff).

i was advised to take the hose off the filter that feeds to the gastank and lay that in a coffee can, start it, and see if there's enough fuel comin' out (to check fuel pump), since i dont have a fuel pressure gauge

.... also there's this one hose near the filter, that doesn't plug into anything, but i remember it having suction when i put my finger to it when the car ran normally.... no suction now. also there's another loose hose near there and a small outlet w/o a hose on it somewhere behind/on the end of an assembly that seems to connect to the air filter.... i could provide pics if needed...

sorry for the long-winded post, just wanted to give as much info as i could.

any ideas people? im desperate...........please?
this is my only car and i havn't the money for expensive repairs.
it's been fine up till now
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#2 Old Sep 30th, 2004, 09:23 PM
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try your maf or your air flow meter(I don't know which one you have) we had a prob similar to this with my bro minuterice.


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#3 Old Oct 2nd, 2004, 03:31 AM
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tested the MAF, according to haynes manual... checked out fine... could bad gas end up doing something like this to my car? im going to replace the fuel filter anyway (rather inexpensive).

im thinking of filling up with a few gal. of my regular gas, since this tank's almost empty.... i want to test the fuel pump, but the haynes manual lists two methods of doing it, im not sure which one is right. one has me use a fuel gauge, and another has me test the voltages on the 'fuel sending unit' that's mounted on the tank, near the back seat...... is the pump connected to the tank, or is it in the engine bay somewhere?

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By the way, what octane gas did you put in?
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86....88.... don't remember which one exactly... it was the lowest one. it seems to differ across different gas stations.... some have the lowest at 88, some, 86.

i usually use 86 or 88 anyway.

it's running fine right now, but i know if i go anywhere and start her back up, she'll buckle and choke again. seems to run&idle fine after sitting level for some time (like overnight). but then again this isn't always consistent.
#6 Old Oct 2nd, 2004, 11:04 AM
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bad gas

My car did the same thing after my girlfriend ran it out of gas. My conclusion was that the fuel tank was full of shit. I ended up running the shit out of my car until it cleared up (about two weeks). I don't recommend doing this though, it is hard on the engine. Underneath the rear seat is an access hole to the fuel tank sender. Pull it out and take a fuel sample from the bottom of the tank. My guess is that there is water in there. Good luck.
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This sounds like the symptoms caused by a plugged fuel filter.

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My conclusion was that the fuel tank was full of shit.
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Underneath the rear seat is an access hole to the fuel tank sender. Pull it out and take a fuel sample from the bottom of the tank. My guess is that there is water in there. Good luck.
Funny, someone else told me that i might have water in there, i'll do that, the water would rest at the bottom of my sample(heavier than gas), right?
I've wanted to somehow clean the tank for a while, it's a 160k+ car, i can only imagine the crud that might be in there.

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This sounds like the symptoms caused by a plugged fuel filter.
i pulled it off in the midst of this and checked it... the gas that came out didn't seem to be too dark or anything...and there was only a small amnt of debris (mostly looking like dirt, very little of it).... of course now i heard you're supposed to let it dry then see if crud comes out, or pour it out a specific end.... i wonder if i checked it right?

all i did was empty it into a clear bottle and blow on one end to clear out any additional crud....was only a small bit of restriction when i tried blowing it....what i'd expect blowing through a filter.

EDIT: Fuel Tank Sender and Fuel Pump....what's the difference? Are they the same thing or is the pump something different located somewhere else?

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Sending unit is for the fuel gauge. Mine had to be replaced. Fuel pump sends fuel to the engine. Still have the original. They are together were the fuel pump goes into the tank.

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Sounds like some of the syptoms when I had a bad injector. I was running on 3 cylinders. Ran rough and had a loss of power. Had injector replaced. The replacement started doing the same thing. Both times it was after using fuel injector cleaner. I wonder if crud from the tank or fuel filter broke free and clogged the injector. Happened another time. I just took it on the highway, floored it, and went to my parents 75 miles away. No problems since. Seems like highway driving/flooring it makes idle smoother. I also changed fuel filter 2 times in one year. Much easier and cheaper than replacing an injector or fuel pump. I have 168,544 or my Sentra.

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Sounds like some of the syptoms when I had a bad injector. I was running on 3 cylinders. Ran rough and had a loss of power. Had injector replaced. The replacement started doing the same thing. Both times it was after using fuel injector cleaner. I wonder if crud from the tank or fuel filter broke free and clogged the injector. Happened another time. I just took it on the highway, floored it, and went to my parents 75 miles away. No problems since. Seems like highway driving/flooring it makes idle smoother. I also changed fuel filter 2 times in one year. Much easier and cheaper than replacing an injector or fuel pump. I have 168,544 or my Sentra.
i'll be sure to check the injector (amazing i haven't *done* anything yet. thats what i get for having halo and being lazy, im gonna try getting to it tonight).

supposedly if you drive your car in-city alot, a trip every now and then on the highway is good for it. my uncle used to tell me that all the time, seemed to work out w/my previous car.

thanx for the suggestions guys, i'll try to get on it tonight. i'll post back if anything changes.
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that is crazy. My car started doing the exact same thin today. I was driving on the highway back down to my college, and all of a sudden it started to sputter, lose power, start knocking in the front, up until i got ot a certain speed, and when it was in idle it started fluctuating. I hope that is the problem with it. My sentra has 167,500 on it, so it is getting up there. I hope thats the issue.
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well, maybe Fairlady was right. i got in to start testing it, made all this fuss about it on here.... and it may have just been the MAF connector.

it's running fine. i discovered the MAF connector was loose, if i pushed in on it harder the car revved just fine (had to prop the accelerator down with a stick to keep it running at first), if i let go, it shook and bogged. for now i crimped the connectors in a bit for a tighter fit...seemed to do the job. im gonna try and replace it with one from a junkyard if i can. still gonna keep an eye on it though, just in case.

curious. haynes manual wanted me to backprobe it and watch the voltage drop fluctuations. said to replace the MAF if the voltage didnt fluctuate. said to rev it and watch the multimeter. since i had it propped at a constant rpm, all i know is the voltaged increased. haynes said 1.1-1.7vdc on 91-92' models, and .7-1.1vdc on 93-94' models. mine reported 1.58 and it's a 93'. but it runs fine now, the haynes manual didnt say how high to rev it, and i had it at about 2500-3000rpm steady, so i guess the MAF is fine :/
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if its not one thing, its another....

thnx to Twiz, i was able to test the MAF correctly....tested fine. and thanx to Catman's post on cleaning the AACV (and cleaning the exposed part of the throttle body when filter housing/maf is removed) the engine no longer hesistates or drops in rpms when i come to stops . BUT....

it started missing/bogging again >_< . so i inspect the plug wires... seemed fine... the shortest ones tested 6k-9k ohm so i assumed thats alright, wires had no noticable damage. so i ran the car, and pulled em out one by one to see if any caused a change in idle. all checked out fine except #2... but i knew it was throwing spark... i was starting to think it was something to do with the injector... i pulled off #2 wire and put it down....somehow between then and getting a coke, it fell on the floor and i stepped on it...cracked the boot. so i got a temp. replacment....

*NOW* #2,#3, and #4 check out fine, but #1 shows no signs of idle change when pulled, and i KNOW that's throwing a spark. i never messed with it roughly or anything. even made sure both ends were secure and resistance within tolerance; and even put it near some metal-sure enough, it was sparking out the bottom like its supposed to.... so WTF!?

did i do this wrong or something?

oh, and i think i may've fried something too.... i asked my dad to help test the FICD solenoid by applying batt. voltage to it....he instead misunderstood and applied it to the harness! all i hear is "ZAP", and a "shit!.....oh, it's nothing son, just tested the wrong side". >_< the burning smell made me wanna cry ..... did this little incident do something really bad? (im sure it did)

(should've just stayed in bed)
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Sorry to hear about the mix up testing the FICD. I have had my share of mix ups. I just hope it works out for you.

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*NOW* #2,#3, and #4 check out fine, but #1 shows no signs of idle change when pulled, and i KNOW that's throwing a spark
That is the injector I lost (#1). Starting to sound like an injector problem. After having the injector replaced my car started having the same symptoms (missing /bogging). I just drove it on the highway and opened it up. Problem cleared up, and have not had it since. When the #1 injector was totally gone, the car bogged down and was hard to drive. No power.

Fuel Injector Testing and Inspection on GA16DE (B13)
OHM AND NOZZLE RESTRICTION TEST

1. Remove the injector connector.
2. Using an ohm meter, check its resistance. Resistance should be approximately 12 ohms. If OK, proceed to step #3. If not OK, replace the injector.
3. Remove the injector and check nozzle for restriction.
Replace the injector if it fails test.

If your resistance is OK, maybe the nozzle is restricted. You could try the method I used of opening it up on the highway to clear things out, if the car is running good enough to take it on the highway. Otherwise, you may need to remove the injector to inspect it. Good luck!
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