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Its either a clogged CAT or MAS sensor

I'm installing sensor first before I replace the Cat! I've done evrything so I saved the most expensive parts for last! The Cat is about $385 and the sensor is $350 new You can get it elsewhere cheaper! After this i'm keeping it until i fix it! I've replaced everything its almost a new car!

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  • Michael Prince Jul 17, 2009

    I have the same problem with the cranking but won't start! I have changed everything from the ign module to the fuel pump, cmptr analized pass key and ign not toggling! Its either a clogged Cat or the MAS sensor on the throttle body!

  • Michael Prince Jul 17, 2009

    car will sometimes just cut off at 55mph and will not start right away! chk eng light comes on and then goes off I have changed the fuel pump, ign module, starter and still does it especailly to my wife. It must be either the MAS or a clooged Cat can't figire it out cmptr scan picked up PASS KEY failure and ign module not toggling I'm so deep into this car for parts when I do get it right I'm keeping it!

  • Mike Butler
    Mike Butler May 11, 2010

    What's the problem description? Little history would be good, maybe we can help.

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