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Old 09-05-2010, 08:36 PM
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I am having trouble with my engine. It starts but won't stay on unless I hold the pedal down. I have researched this issue and keep hearing about "vacuum leaks" but I must confess, I am NOT a mechanic and don't know where to start looking for this issue. Can anyone help with this...preferably with pics? I can't afford to go to a mechanic right now and it doesn't sound difficult. I could probably fix it if I just knew what I was doing or at least where to start.
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Real basic, just start tracking all hoses coming out of the throttle body. Look for any disconnected hoses, cracks, splits, etc. Do you hear any hissing when it's running? Is it tossing any codes? Try the key dance and see if there are any, and post them up.
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Has the battery been low/dead lately? If so, the PCM needs to relearn the idle strategy. A dirty throttle body can also cause this problem.
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How about a missing oil filler cap? I didn't see that coming.
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If that cured the problem, you've just uncovered another one. I'm betting you have a plenum pan gasket blown, causing an internal vacuum leak.
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I would definatly listen to ramtech he is very helpful and gives great advice and definatly knows what he is talking about
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If that cured the problem, you've just uncovered another one. I'm betting you have a plenum pan gasket blown, causing an internal vacuum leak.
OK...I realize this is gonna sound dumb, but what is a plenum pan?

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The plenum pan gasket is on the bottom of the intake and is notorious for blowing out. Are you consuming any oil between oil changes and you aren't sure where it's going?
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nope. that's not an issue. it has been running fine until now. scratch that, I got an error but it told me I had a misfire in #1 but I changed that and all has been fine. that was about two weeks ago.
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Keep an eye on your oil level for the next little bit just to be sure.
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