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99 chevy cavalier z24 manual trans, has black smoke from exhaust, idles ok but a bit rough at times. temp gage inop. replaced tank sending unit/pump to fix fuel gage problem, reads fuel now, but fluctuates. also replaced temp sensor, oil/filter change, coolant, plugs. Now also my gf reported that sometimes it dies when she takes her foot OFF the brake with the clutch in.

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  • kakarrot0479 Sep 03, 2010

    I didn't replace the cat yet. As far as the dieing problem, it happens when she's stopped with the brake and clutch in. When she takes her foot off the brake it dies. Will look into the o2 sensors. If they were bad wouldn't the check engine light come on?

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The fuel gage fluctuates because the wiring connections to the sender are loose, tighten them.
The black smoke and the fact that it dies at idle when the tranny is engaged signals a way too rich mixture. Have the error codes checked and look at the oxygen sensor and the cat - something is wrong there, the cat should have stopped the smoke.

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  • Azrael SRL Sep 03, 2010

    Not always - if the sensor has been damaged by fuel additives but it's still otherwise intact it will not be detected as damaged and the ECM will just think that it puts some extreme data and adjust everything accordingly - hence the black smoke.

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