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Hesitates when driving, doesn't start first time, reeks of fumes when tank full & caped, engine cuts out when gas cap removed under half tank full. dummy light me always on. please help me TY


It seems you have an extremely scary and dangerous situation going on, you should never smell gas ....anytime. .

Because this is so far out of the ball park, you just have to get it looked at by a pro.

Mar 18, 2015 | 1998 GMC Yukon

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Code 43 ESC circuit / knock sensor. Poor power, intermittent rough starts (chug chug and die if I don't give it gas). SES light on within 10 secs of start most always. Sometimes goes off for awhile


By "stinky smell" do you mean the smell of unburned (raw) gas? If so then the ignition is not burning all the gas which could be that the computer is getting the wrong reading from somewhere and turning the fuel up. Possible trouble areas - MAF sensor located on intake just after the Air filter (Manifold Air Flow). The O2 sensors also regulate what fuel the computer puts out. You indicated that the fuel additive helped what type and grade of fuel are you using? Might try Mid-grade and a different brand of fuel. Was the 43 code the only one that showed up or were there others? Remove the Positive cable from your battery and wait a few seconds and replace it. This will reset your computer and take a while for the computer to get new readings but it will eliminate any old information that is stored in the computer that could be giving you a false reading. Usually about 40 - 50 miles of driving or around 20 times starting it and the computer will be up to date. These are things that I would try if it were mine. It's kinda like a darn Dart Board sometimes especially when you are broke [which is the way I stay on Social Security]. Good luck and if I can help in any way feel free to contact me.

Mar 09, 2014 | 1992 Oldsmobile 88 Royale

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Chugging while driving


tune-up, dirty gas, dirty air filter...when last completed?

Mar 02, 2014 | 1994 Isuzu Rodeo

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1988 chevy 305 hesitation or chugging


check the gasket below the carburetor it likes to deteiorate and brake look for any signs of gas they are notorius for leaking and make a truck run like ****. if you cant find your fix maybe a simple tune up is in order?

Jul 09, 2012 | 1988 Chevrolet Caprice

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We ran it out of gas and it started chugging and wouldn't run so we changed the fuel filter and it still is running awful still chugging we clean top of carberator and still is chugging what can i do?


the first thing i would do is put some STP gas treatment with fuel injector cleaner in it also make sure you have at less a half tank of gas in it and drive it on a back road where you can get up to 55mph Merry Christmas and Happy New Year as always wish you the best of luck Michigan Man

Dec 21, 2009 | 1987 Toyota Tercel Liftback

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My 99 Camry hesitate while driving as if it wants to cut off.


You go to hit the gas and it almost chugs to go, you think the engine might die? Transmission...

Jan 16, 2009 | 1999 Toyota Camry

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Chugging going uphill and smell of gas near the tank


hi no dtc showing if not see if there are any leaks on the fuel tank and pipes especially at the rear then pressure test the fuel system make a note then jack the front up as high as then do a pressure test again see if there is any difference it might be worth your while changing your fuel filter if theres no signs of leaks and pressure test is ok check evap system for sticking valves or pipes off or trapped yates210456

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