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You can either have Auto Zone pull your Engine codes and see if you can fix it yourself or you can take it to the shop and have your car diagnosed.

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Engine idle very lumpy and wanting to stall on gear down shift. Sometimes poor on starting until fuel gets through then car runs well but very smelly.


SYMPTOM 1: ROUGH IDLE IN THE COLD

The engine will not idle smoothly, or it stalls during idle when the engine is cold. When the engine is cold and you take your foot off the gas pedal, the engine runs very rough and may even stall. When you run the engine at higher speeds, it seems to run fine, or at least it runs more smoothly.
Possible causes:
  1. If you have a carburetor, you may have a bad accelerator pump or power circuit.
    The Fix: Replace accelerator pump or replace the carburetor.
  2. There may be a vacuum leak.
    The Fix: Check and replace the vacuum lines as required.
  3. There may be some type of ignition problem.
    The Fix: Check and replace the distributor cap, rotor, ignition wires, and spark plugs.
  4. The ignition timing may be set wrong.
    The Fix: Adjust the ignition timing.
  5. There may be a fault in the computerized engine control system.
    The Fix: Check engine control systems with a scan tool. Test the circuits and repair or replace components as required.
  1. The EGR valve may be bad.
    The Fix: Replace the EGR valve.
  2. The engine may have mechanical problems.
    The Fix: Check the compression to determine the engine's condition.
  3. Idle speed is set incorrectly.
    The Fix: Set idle speed to the car's original settings.
  4. The fuel injectors may be dirty.
    The Fix: Clean or replace the fuel injectors.

SYMPTOM 2: ROUGH IDLE WITH WARM ENGINE

The engine will not idle smoothly, or it stalls during idle when the engine is warm. When the engine is warm or hot and you take your foot off the gas pedal, the engine runs very rough and may even stall. When you run the engine at higher speeds, it seems to run fine.
Possible causes:
  1. If you have a carburetor, you may have a bad accelerator pump or power circuit.
    The Fix: Replace accelerator pump or replace the carburetor.
  2. There may be a vacuum leak.
    The Fix: Check and replace vacuum lines as required.
  3. The fuel pressure regulator may be operating at too low a pressure.
    The Fix: Check the fuel pressure with a fuel pressure gauge. Replace fuel pressure regulator. (This is not really a do-it-yourself kind of job.)
  4. Idle speed set incorrectly.
    The Fix: Set idle speed to specs.
  5. There may be some type of ignition problem.
    The Fix: Check and replace distributor cap, rotor, ignition wires and spark plugs.
  6. There may be a fault in the computerized engine control system.
    The Fix: Check engine control systems with a scan tool. Test circuits and repair or replace components as required. (This is not really a do-it-yourself kind of job.)
  7. The EGR valve may be bad.
    The Fix: Replace EGR valve.
  1. The engine may have mechanical problems.
    The Fix: Check compression to determine engine condition.
  2. The fuel injectors may be dirty.
    The Fix: Clean or replace fuel injectors.

SYMPTOM 3: FAST IDLING

The engine idles too fast. After the engine has run long enough to become warm, the idle speed does not come down to normal. You really notice it when you come to a stop and must have to push ******* the brake pedal to keep the car from moving.
Possible causes:
  1. If you have a carburetor, you may have a bad accelerator pump or power circuit.
    The Fix: Replace the accelerator pump or replace the carburetor.
  2. The engine may be overheating.
    The Fix: Check and repair the cooling system.
  3. The fuel pressure regulator may be operating at too low a pressure.
    The Fix: Check fuel pressure with a fuel pressure gauge. Replace fuel pressure regulator. (This is not really a do-it-yourself kind of job.)
  1. The ignition timing may be set wrong.
    The Fix: Adjust the ignition timing.
  2. There may be some type of ignition problem.
    The Fix: Check and replace the distributor cap, rotor, ignition wires and spark plugs.
  3. There may be a fault in the computerized engine control system.
    The Fix: Check the engine control systems with a scan tool. Test the circuits and repair or replace the components as required.
  4. There may be a vacuum leak.
    The Fix: Check and replace vacuum lines as required.
  5. You have a bad idle speed control unit.
    The Fix: Replace the idle speed control unit.
  6. The alternator may not be working properly.
    The Fix: Replace the alternator.

SYMPTOM 4: STALLING UPON STOPPING

Car stalls when stopped quickly. You are driving along and everything is just fine ... until you let off the gas pedal and apply the brakes. The engine starts shaking and may even stall. Not a good thing to happen because you lose power steering when the engine dies and could risk an accident.
Possible causes:
  1. There may be a serious vacuum leak.
    The Fix: Check and replace the vacuum lines as required.
  2. There may be a fault in the computerized engine control system.
    The Fix: Check the engine control systems with a scan tool. Test the circuits and repair or replace the components as required. (This is not really a do-it-yourself kind of job.)
  3. Broken linkage.
    The Fix: Repair or replace the linkage as required.
Idling issues can be very frustrating, but with some patient troubleshooting, you'll have a real chance at figuring it out. Remember to always check your engine idle with the air conditioning and defroster turned off, as both of these systems are designed to change the idle when they are on due to the air conditioning system's demands on the engine.

Aug 25, 2017 | Cars & Trucks

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Engine will crank but want start why? 1989 nissan pickup 4 cylinder the engine will crank but want start what all i need to check to fix this problem?


Check for spark at a couple of plugs and if you have spark spray some carb cleaner in the throttle body to see if she will run .

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Check engine light on. How do I fix it?


How to fix your check engine light. - Instructables

www.instructables.com/.../How-to-fix-your-check-engine-li...

InstructablesStep 1: Buy an OBD reader. ... OBD stands for on board diagnostic. ... The OBD codes for a leaky gas cap are misleading and this happens a LOT, especially if you've recently gotten gas.

How to fix your "Check Engine" light ' Mobilâ„¢ Motor Oils

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Discover the mystery behind your pesky "Check Engine" light coming on before ... youcan likely do the job yourself and avoid that expensive repair shop visit.

Top 10 Check-Engine-Light Car Repairs ' Bankrate.com

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BankrateWhen the check-engine light flickers on your dashboard, don't stall. ... If you do not have Auto Zone call one of the other auto parts stores to see if they offer that service.... Catalytic converter is an easy fix; cut it out and replace with straight pipe.

HOW TO RESET CHECK ENGINE LIGHT, FREE EASY WAY ...

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HOW TO RESET CHECK ENGINE LIGHT WITHOUT ON ANY TRUCKS ... Code Reader gives you correct error code readings and can do ... How to reset engine warning light Toyota Corolla VVT-i engine and fix ignition error.

Why Did my Car's Check Engine Light Come On? ' Angies List

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Angie's ListA check engine light on a car can indicate anything from a loose gas cap to a more

Feb 08, 2016 | Cars & Trucks

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Gmc 2001 truck 6000 engine check engine light on. what is the fix?


You need to find out what code or codes are stored in the PCM/ECM - engine computer , before you know what to fix ! Check Engine Light On read about OBD2 - onboard diagnostics an sensors etc...

Jan 17, 2016 | GMC Cars & Trucks

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Engine check light,


You need to have a mechanic hook up a code reader/ scanner, and see what is causing the engine light to come on. Fix the problem, and have them clear the engine light.

Mar 30, 2013 | Cars & Trucks

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Reset check engine light


need code scanner but first find what causes check engine light to turn on.you need to code scan find what code you are getting fix bad sensor.then use code scan to erase code.if you dont fix problem will check engine light will stay on.

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Engine light comes on and wont go off. mechanic has reset light but it comes back on.


you will need to have the computer read. some auto parts stores will do this for free. check back when you have the code(s)

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open out the dash and replace the light behind

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2000 E-350 V-10. P0174 with exhaust fix


Before I even finished reading this i knew you had a clogged cat. If you have fixed everything you mentioned i would lean towards a clogged cat. This is a large reason this code pops up.

To check this you could pull that cat out and drive around and see if the code comes back, make sure to stay away from the police though.

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