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Runs rough at idle and low rpm. misfires. gets better @ high rpm

2004 Chevy Malibu with a 3.5L engine. Runs rough or misfires at idle. Until about 2500 rpm or higher and then it quits. It actually runs better when you mash the accelerator. I thought it was avacuum leak bugt I checked it and its not the problem. Changed plugs and wires. Checked compression. Going to check fuel pressure. I found a sensor that the haynes manual did not label. It has a threaded plastic port on it but I can't find out if anything goes to it. It looks like it might be an air temperature sensor but not sure. Don't know the code cuz my obd 2 scanner won't read it.?

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  • tupac61389 Jan 04, 2009

    i have a 96 eagle talon it misfires at idle a low rpm but gets better at about 3000 3500

  • hutchinson_j Feb 19, 2009

    check enigne light is always on but flashes when you accelertate idles ruff until about 2500 RPM then smoothes out still has power just idles ruff, Changed the plugs and wires hook up a ODB scanner to it and it said Cyl#5 misfire could this be my coil or a fuel injector maybe Please help this is my wifes car and we just had a baby.



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Sounds to me you have a emissions problem check your EGR valve and MAP senser

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