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Hi everyone i am a boke 22 year old that bought as used car and it ran fine for a while but the one day i went to start it and it would start and idle fine but when i went to give it gas it died immediately. I am not sure what is wrong so i was hoping someone could maybe tell me what to looke at cuz my dad is stumped also. we unhooked the little computer plug that is on the little box rigth in front on the air flow tube..(sorry for the use of words but i am not a car person) and it would idle and then we could give it gas but it would sputter alot and die at 2k rpms. if anyone has any kind of help it would be much appreciated thanks.
 

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I would check the timing and do a tune up (fuel filter, air filter, plugs, wires.)

And that little thing you unplugged was your Mass Air Flow sensor and you need it for it to run properly.
 

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Stumps me as to why you'd go unplugging something that you don't know the operation of. And then complain when the car doesn't run right immediately afterwards. :rolleyes: Let that be a lesson to you. And learn something about cars before you start messing around. Fortunately you picked a fairly easy car to learn about, get a Haynes manual and download the factory FSM which I have links to in the stickys at the top of this page.
 

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I think he unhooked it after the problem arose but still. Don't unplug anything you don't know about. It's not real smart.:rolleyes:
 

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Aphterskulspeshl said:
Hi everyone i am a boke 22 year old that bought as used car and it ran fine for a while but the one day i went to start it and it would start and idle fine but when i went to give it gas it died immediately. I am not sure what is wrong so i was hoping someone could maybe tell me what to looke at cuz my dad is stumped also. we unhooked the little computer plug that is on the little box rigth in front on the air flow tube..(sorry for the use of words but i am not a car person) and it would idle and then we could give it gas but it would sputter alot and die at 2k rpms. if anyone has any kind of help it would be much appreciated thanks.
Is your check engine light on?
 

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Stumps me as to why you'd go unplugging something that you don't know the operation of. And then complain when the car doesn't run right immediately afterwards. :rolleyes: Let that be a lesson to you. And learn something about cars before you start messing around. Fortunately you picked a fairly easy car to learn about, get a Haynes manual and download the factory FSM which I have links to in the stickys at the top of this page.
well the car had the problem first before we unplugged it my dad is a mechanic but not good with computer really a back yard mechanic if you may say and he knew it had to do witht that part cuz of the build up of carbon on the plugz so we unplugged it to see if it made a diff. cuz it wan't working right anyways. i just asked for help i didn't ask to be criticized thanks you though for your input
 

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I would check the timing and do a tune up (fuel filter, air filter, plugs, wires.)

And that little thing you unplugged was your Mass Air Flow sensor and you need it for it to run properly.

ok thanks for the info i had just did a tuneup recently but i will make sure to do it again i appreciate you taking the time to answer this for me once again thank you.
 

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JAMESZ said:
I PWN him all the time.

As for your issue I would think it is either the fuel filter or the MAF (Mass Air Flow sensor the thing you unplugged). Just replace those two and see if that fixes the problem.

i know it is not the filter cuz we unhooked the gas line and checked the filter and it is working properly so i guess it is the maf thanks for the feedback i will look into that :) i appreciate all the help
 

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I think he unhooked it after the problem arose but still. Don't unplug anything you don't know about. It's not real smart.:rolleyes:

well atleast you read my problem right i did unhook it after the problme arose and it wasn't me it was my dad and he knew what he was doing to a point and he unhooked it to see if we could narrow the problem down. and if it was worse we could always plug it right back in and it would be the same as it was before thanks for the feedback
 

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The thing is your dad DIDN'T know what he was doing if he unhooked it. Don't jump on Balliztiks back about that he was perfectly right in saying what he said. In the future don't unhook things when you don't know exactly what is going on.
 

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JAMESZ said:
The thing is your dad DIDN'T know what he was doing if he unhooked it. Don't jump on Balliztiks back about that he was perfectly right in saying what he said. In the future don't unhook things when you don't know exactly what is going on.
i didn't jump on no ones back but if he would of read the thing in the first place in stead of asumed my dad and myself just started unhooking stuff randomly then he would of got a diffl reply and he did know what he was doing and he told me it was probally the (mas) and it was going to cost about 300 to 500 dollars i just wanted some imput from some other people who knew about them also. so i didn't jump on anyone. it is always to good to have more than one oppion maybe he didn't know that was the exact thing wrong but he was trying to help his son that couldn't afford to take it in.
 

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Get a new Mass Air Flow Sensor (try a junk yard first) and give it a try. That should fix it.
 

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If you unplugged the MAF and the problem became worse, then the MAF is probably ok...... A dead MAF would not affect anything in the slightest, plugged or unplugged. I'd check the TPS sensor, if your dad is any sort of consumate mechanic he'll know what that is and how to test it, they had such things on carbed cars for years before EFI. You may also be dealing with a vacuum leak. I'm also curious if this car is turbo or non turbo. Most likely non, but I have to ask.
 
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