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Old 04-03-2011, 08:46 PM
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Hey all, I have had this truck for about a month now. It has 123k miles on it. It normally runs awesome. No lack of power or anything. 1st of all, it has been running very rich lately. The smell is almost unbearable. 2nd, it sputters at idle, like when i'm sitting at a traffic light. It also has been backfiring at approx. 30mph, not constant though. Highway speed is great. Lastly, the check engine light came on and stayed on for 2 days. It has since gone off. In that time the light came, it hasn't run any different. Now, although it is normally bad on gas, the last week or two, it has been noticeably WAY different. It just seems like it is burning alot more fuel than normal. I looked under the hood, and it appears to have the original ignition wires, the air filter looks fairly new, but I haven't looked at the plugs yet. I can only imagine that they are not in too good a shape if the wires are original. Any ideas? Please help me out.
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Try and get the computer scanned for you code(s) . It wouldn't hurt to do a good tune up on it also . That way you know what shape it's in . Let us know what codes are in the computer .
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If you smell rich fuel, its your O2 sensors not working properly.
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If you smell rich fuel, its your O2 sensors not working properly.
Is that going to effect performance? I have to have the truck tested for emissions, will that prevent me from passing?
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Depends on your area, I would look at your laws. Up here in PA, anything 96 and older, its visual and just make sure all the emission is there, no testing. Yes, your O2 sensor is going to effect the way your truck is going to run.
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Scan it for codes first. Although the O2 sensors are very high on the suspect list, a code scan should verify this. Also a good tuneup never hurts.
Have you noticed excessive oil consumption too? If so, the plenum gasket could be in need of replacing.

Oh....what the heck....just jack up the rad cap and drive a new truck under it.
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A faulty O2 sensor will not always throw a CEL.
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If you smell rich fuel, its your O2 sensors not working properly.

+1, totally. Hopefully, a computer scan will show bad O2. if not, see if you can watch Real Time data of the O2 and see what it reads. it should vary between .1 and .9VDC approx. if not, it's toast. if it doesn't show voltage, and instead just shows "RICH" or "LEAN" constantly with no variance, it's toast also.

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Ok guys, well I finally had time to get the computer scanned and it came up that the # 5 cylinder is not firing. I have changed the plugs, wires, and air filter before getting it scanned in hopes that it would fix the problem. Obviously it did not. I did notice that when I removed the plugs that that # 5 plug was soaked with fuel. Could it be a bad distributer cap? or something else. Please help, it is burning an ungodly amount of fuel, way more than normal. And at $3.85 per gallon, I might have to park it and I don't want to do it.
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Could be a bad injector.
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