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3800 engine My impala surges and will stall only when the engine is hot. When I am idling is when it will stall, if I keep it up over 1000rpms it doesn't stall. It almost sounds like a back fire when it idles for a while. First time it started I was idling at a light and I thought someone hit me from behind. I went to Automart they hooked it up to there hand held scanner and the error code came up P0102 MAF. I replaced it and yet still I have the same problem. Any suggestions? I love my car, but last night is stalled before I came to a complete stop, and the car behind me almost hit me, I need my car to get back and forth to work no bus service here in the early mornings.

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Sounds like you may have a bad vacuum leak. On the 3800, this is commonly caused by a bad upper intake plenum. Check for vacuum leaks elsewhere first though. (i.e. brake booster, hoses, etc.).

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hot engine, cold or both?/// a key question
WHAT ENGINE: ( usa list , ONLY)
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2.2 L F22B6 I4
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the fsm covers this. hose thing.... all hose can be followed,
unless its axle vents on 4wd cars. (they go no where, special)
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starts easy/?

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1: idle controls bad. (isc dead?)
2: or engine is running way too lean, and ISC cant keep a grip on idle.

easy huh?
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and actual RPM numbers. we need numbers
is the dash Tachometer missing. ????
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