My 97 geo metro keeps missing and backfiring. We've changed and cleaned the spark plugs and now it's doing it even worse. Any ideas?
Spark plug electrode gap, distributor cap tracking/cracked, rotor tracking, plug wires and plug hoods tracking to engine. Start car in the dark and look for sparking around distributor cap and along the plug wires. Sometimes the plug wires spark to the engine case where they are lying against it and cannot easily be seen. To minimize risk of electric shock use a length of wood to move the wires around.
Was it missing and sputtering before you changed them? If no, then you could have got the firing order mixed on the distributor. Maybe if you didn't replace the wires also one became more damaged while removing it. If yes, maybe its your fuel, or injectors, and you need to add a bottle of cleaner...
1999 escort ZX2 misses only in wet weather changed plugs wires and ignition coil pack still occurring any ideas?
It is possible that the distributor cap is getting moisture inside. Try spraying the inside of it and the rotor with silicone water repellent spray (preferable) or WD40. While the cap is off, inspect it and it's gasket (if it has one) for cracks or damage as well as indications of water presence....
97 k1500 driving down the road truck stoped runningfound a broken roter replaced roter but still wont start got gas and spark to the plugs any ideas?
Just a thought. If the rotor broke, could it have caught in the cap and turned your distributor and put the engine out of timing? Check the condition of the cap and the contacts inside it,\.
Theres lots of things that need to line up on a diesel motor, timing marks, fuel injecton, injector pump , you'll have to review your install instructions and finmd out where you may have left a step out
The belt tensioner needs to be replaced along with the belt and adjusted correctly.Procedures for this can be found in a chiltons or Haynes manual for your vehicle.
Why is my vortec 350 missing backfiring spitting and spuddering i changed the intake gaskets on it the plugs wires and distributor cap and its timed can you help me with this?
Double check the firing order, 1, 8, 4, 3, 6, 5, 7, 2
My car shakes and misses out when at a complete stop could i have done somthing wrong when i changed the spark plugs or oil filter?
It sounds like you may of mixed up plug wires when you put them back on. Oil filter will not have anything to do with the way your car idles.
Recently my amp in my car messed up it keeps going on and off when you hook it up and the protection light is on any one have any idea why it would do this?
The amp is damaged internally, the power is loose, the ground is loose, the control wire from the deck is loose.
Have changed gearbox on iveco daily it started and drove for test when i tried it latter it started on stoped cant start it now any ideas?
Would need more info in order to diagnose.. e.g., are you getting any response from the starter at all, do you have electrical power, does your dash display any fault codes, etc? Presumably, you disconnected the batteries when you replaced the gearbox. I'd start by double checking to ensure that ...
Make sure you have all the equipment i.e. spark plug socket and the correct spark plugs otherwise you will damage the plug screws if you force a large wrong size spark plug.First clean all the area around the plugs and blow out any dust or rust as it may fall in the engine. Do one plug at a time,...
If you recently cleaned the engine on a 1982 Toyota Corolla and water is now in with the spark plugs is there a way to get it out easily or should you open it up and let it air?
I would remove the distributor cap and blow it out with compressed air or at least let it dry out. The spark plug wires could be removed if they come off easily and spray a little wd40 in the ends; it helps to absorb small amounts of moisture.
My 85 vett starts and runs but it back fires and has no power it also has problems ideling replaced the tps the ecu the tpi set them to specs and timed it with the bypas wire disconnected any ideas?
Check the engine compression for the vett. You may have a stuck valve. A stuck valve would cause the symptoms you are having.
How is it that my wheel keeps breaking the bolts from the hub every 4months ive changed the hub and bolts five times and even decided to change the rims and still breaking?
generally wheel studs will only break if loose when tightening , tighten to correct torgue after having driven for 30 miles retighten to correct torgue if this doesnt help, u need to go to dealer for that car
Your truck is missing a little and seemed to be getting hot but you put a worn down thermostat in it and now it is not getting hot but has a slight miss have change plugs and still no luck any suggest?
you should check the oil for signs of moisture, could be head gasket.
List the Make, and year vehicle you are talking about and I can walk you through it. Until you provide that information, a few pointers. The spark plugs are screwed into the head. You will see 4 wires going to the plugs. Twist and pull the wires off by the boot at the plug and do not pull on the ...
On a 1994 geo metro the headlight wires run to the ac relay Is it possible that a bad relay could cause all 3 wires to be positive and have power even when the car and switch are off?
yes, if the relay were stuck, or the contacts welded shut, it would allow the incoming Hot wire to pass power through to the other two wires.
The cooling fan wont stop even when the car is turned off I replaced the relay and its still happening any ideas?
Some cooling fans will stay running even if the car is shut off to cool down the motor. Once the fans thermostat gets tripped to shut off, the fan will continue to run.
I just replaced my mass air flow sensor and now when I plug it back in it stalls out the car It should be the opposite?
plug the sensor in then disconnect the battery for an hour. then try.Thank You that worked but now it is idleing at 3 rpm and when I press on the gas and hold it down it almost stalls out and backfires randomly. Could it be the timing now?
You changed the radiator and themalstat on your 1996 Hyundai elantra and its still running hot what to do now?
change the radiator cap. Did you check the water pump to see if it is pumping correctly? Did you check the cooling fan for proper operation? Did you bleed all air from the cooling system after adding fresh coolant. Did you install the thermostat correctly, (Spring down)? And lastly, does it possi...
My 97 rodeo revs to almost 3000rpm's before shifting once it warms up it gets better then runs and seems to shift fine just revs too high before shifting any ideas?
This is commonly caused by dirty fluid and a dirty filter. Drop the transmission pan and replace the filter and refill with new fluid.
You just changed the plugs in your 1991 Ford Bronco and now the check engine light is on and wasnt on before you did it How do you get it to go off?
You can turn off the check engine light by disconnecting the negative battery terminal for a couple of minutes.
Just changed the ecu on my ford fiesta 1996 1.25i zetec the car will not even turn over now the old ecu was only firing 2 pistons. i think the immobilizer is stopping the car from starting any help?
Hi, In the later fiestas ford use a system called PATS (passive anti theft system). Basically, there is a chip in your key (the red dot on the end) that is coded, and links to the ECU when you put the key in the ignition. Where you have changed the ECU, it is looking for a different key, so the c...
What 1996 silverado putting aftermarket radio in and it shorted out against the climate controls I assume and now it won't start I don't think it has anti-theft checked all fuses any ideas?
Uninstall the radio, for one. You did it wrong. Check the relays. If all else fails, have a diagnostic scanner hooked to your vehicle to see if you blew out the ECM.
Sqealing that is coming from your engine you changed the belt tensionerpumpPS pumpalternator and wheel pully Any idea what it might be?
check all the alignments...belt should be running true also, a little DIALECTIC SILICONE grease on a SERPENTINE belt is an old trick for new belts that make a little noise, and the gel helps make the belt last...also called TUNE-UP or Spark Plug boot SILICONE... also may be a bad "NEW" tensioner ...
You have a 97 ford ranger When you try to crank the engine it just continues to rapidly click When you jump it off it jumps off fine and runs fine Any ideas?
Sounds like a dirty connection at battery or starter. Or a bad battery. Jump the truck and take it to an auto parts store to have battery tested (free in most cases) The rapid clicking you hear is the starter solinoid. It is normal in your case. Please advise if I can help further. Justin Justin2...
My dash brake light came on now brakes don't work and the fluid keeps getting low but i don't see any spots on the driveway 1986 300zx any help?
the rear seal of the master cyl. is leaking! and the front seal of the vacume booster is also leaking! thus allowing the fluid to be pulled into the motor and burned during combustion.
When my Celica is idling bad vibration It runs nice and smooth no misses or anything but when it idles you feel a vibration inside the car and you can even see the hood vibrating?
Sounds like a bad motor mount. I've changed quite a few motor mounts on Toyota's for the same complaint. Look for one on the lower side of the radiator, this one absorbs engine torque and is the common one to fail.
While changing spark plugs one did not back out and was very hard to turn to begin with just got this truck 93 t100 and was wondering if there is any way around replacing the head?
Sounds like it may have been cross threaded on the last tune up.There are fixes for cross threaded plugs at the parts store, you can heli-coil the hole, or even retap to a larger size and use an adapter.Also, know this. Aluminun heads do not like steel threads at all. Always use "anti sieze" comp...
While changing your spark plugs one did not back out and was very hard to turn to begin with just got this truck 93 t100 and was wondering if there is any way around replacing the head?
Go to the parts store and get a spark plug thread insert kit. Be sure to match up the right threads to your spark plugs.
Why do the studs on my Nissan Quest keep breaking off We replaced the hub and now the studs have broke 3 times?
If you have aluminum alloy wheels a common cause for this is over torquing the lug nuts. This often happens when the shop uses an air driven wrench to put them on instead of hand tightening to save time.
My sons1995 Hyundai elantra has a hole in the oil pan is this hard to change and is it expensive can it be plugged or something?
You can mix up some JB weld and put that on but the surface has to be clean, you should drain the oil pan first. I know as when I lived in OK my son said spin the tires and I did and a gravel hit my oil pan and by the time we got home I had not oil and #2 son cleaned it good and used Jb weld on it.
My brand new sukida roma scooter wont start it has petrol Ive connected the negative wire and rode it no problem yesterday got a mile up the rode today it coughed spluttered and died any ideas?
the best way to get it started is to run along the road with it this warms the engine, then go down a hill this gets it up to speed and after that do not stop intil you have got to were you are going.who knows well i do I had the same problem go get a new auto motive and then start it again if it...
You started your 1997 f-150 and everything was running fine until you shut it off and now the starter is not working you have heard this is not a problem with the starter Any specific ideas?
You should check the soleniod by the battery mounted on the fender if that is not the problem the it is probably the soleniod on the starter. Had the same problem on mine until i tap the soleniod on the starter.
Your oil light on your M reg Golf has come one and is beeping you topped up the oil but it's still doing it any ideas?
Remove oil sending unit and replace with a manual gauge to check the oil pressure Low oil pressure could indicate a bad oil pump or excessive engine wear
I went through a flood and now I cannot get my car to start I changed the starter What else could it be?
Try checking that your ignition hasn't gotten wet i.e. distributor sparkplug leads etc Just try spraying everything with WD 40 0r a similar oil spray.
2000 Mercury Cougar I just replaced the transmission Pump cover and now you need to rev up the motor to 2500RPM before it will move in Forward or reverse Any ideas what I did wrong?
FIRST HAVE YOU CHECKED THE FLUID LEVEL AFTER THE CAR HAS DRIVEN A LITTLE AND WARMED UP?AND SECOND DID YOU DO ANYTHING TO THE PUMP OR SCREEN?
I just bought a new car that has an mp3 player and an ipod port the radio doesn't play any songs from the ipod but it does play some mp3 songs my son had on his any idea why?
Make sure that the songs that were downloaded onto your iPod are in MP3 format. Songs downloaded from iTunes are not in MP3 format. Even though you can hear the songs on your iPod when you connect headphones to it, the iPod port in your car might not recogonize the songs. The songs on your son's ...
What would cause multiple cylinder misfire. I put new plugs and wires in. The light went off. I drove about 25 miles then it came back on. I drove about 100 miles now waters in the oil any sugestion?
More than likely, you have a blown head gasket or a cracked cylinder head or cracked block if the oil and water are mixing together. The multiple misfires were probably being caused by the contamination.
What do i do if my ignition is stuck I forgot to put it in park when i turned my car off and after i realized that i put it in park and now the ignition wont turn?
try putting transmission in neutral, then try ignitionalso check to see if steering wheel is not turned and applying pressure on steering lock in columnto do this try to move steering wheelif this is problem it will only move one way , which would be in direction needed to straighten wheels.if it...
You have Daewoo Lanos and the drivers side door was blown to far open by the wind now it wontopen because it keeps catching on the wing how do you fix it?
Take it to a body shop for repair. It takes skill and the proper tools to align a door properly. You may do more harm than good by trying to fix this yourself. A body shop will easily be able to align the door in a very short amount of time. The money you spend there will be money well spent.
Why do the cars keep changing it seems that if somebody buys a little car everybody buys a little car and the manufactures make more little cars?
The law of supply & demand. The auto manufactures build what we consumers damand. The law of supply & demand. The auto manufactures build what we consumers damand.The law of supply & demand. The auto manufactures build what we consumers damand.
I broke the Transmission oil cooler return line on my 1977 Ford Ranchero GT Now I am having a serious problem finding a new line for it I want to temporarily bypass it or plug it can I do this?
secure a section or high pressure oil cooler hose over the break until a proper line can be located.
Where is the O2 sensor on the 04 Chevy Trailblazer and is there any prep or post work you need to do before changing it?
You have more than one O2 sensor in that vehicle and they are all threaded into the exhaust system at various points. If you are replacing the old one with a new one, unplug O2 sensor from vehicle wire harness, snip off the remaining wires at the sensor, slip a 7/8" box end wrench over the sensor...
What do i do if i lost my car ownership before i was able to put it in my name and also now i can' get a hold of the guy that i purchased it from what should i do?
Hello i have a question? I lost my car ownership and i don't know how can i get an other one? I need to donate my car to cancer society...
How do you change drivers with Cadillac keyless entry -- if Driver1 approaches car first but Driver2 wants to drive - the seats and mirrors are now set incorrectly. There is no driver2 button. Ideas?
Older Cadillacs had a memory recall button for driver 1 and 2. But now they've removed this? There must be some workaround.If you have the Nav system, all the controls are in the touchscreen.
I paid to get my car back and now it has 1200 worth damage and not drivable. Repo blew out the computer. I am devastated First I have to pay to get it fixed. what do I do?
You may have to take the repo company to court, and prove that they damaged the vehicle. They have supplied the loan company with a copy of any damage that they show when the vehicle was picked up. And I you were driving it, you may be able to prove that the vehicle was operable. An attorney may ...
My deceased mother's car was towed from a car service shop without my knowledge and the wrecker service sold it. They said they had sent letters but I never received any. Do I have any rights?
If the garage can provide proof that they followed the correct procedure there is not much you can do. Contact your lawyer to be sure.
Why did my Heater in my 94 12 Ram 1500 suddenly quit blowing ..I changed out the heater control cluster plugged in a new blower motor and checked the fuse..still not working what to do next?
thank you I found what I think is the resistor took the two screws out and found that a mouse or something had been squatting inside the housing and had ate away the clay around the coiled wires and finally broke one smh thanks again I was stumped lolCheck the blower speed resistor near the blowe...
How do you remove a spark plug that broke off in the car- there's nothing sticking out and we actually broke the tool we used to try to remove it- we can't afford to take it to a shop- what now?
Spark plugs have hex shoulders to use with socket tools. It would be near impossible to break the threaded shaft or hex off the plug.Assuming the porcelain top is what broke, you still need to use a socket to remove the remainder of the plug. If it is cross threaded, go to a parts store and get a...
What to do on a long coach journey. I am travelling from Dudley to Chippenham UK via National Express Coaches Due to the fact that I change it's 8hr journey Any ideas on how to kill time?
This is a great time to organize your time within your life. If you really understood how many hours in a day are wasted doing things that really don't help us you'd done this many years ago. Wright down your daily actives and what must be done. Organize a scheduled that will allow you to do thes...
Why when you start my1998 2.0 vw golf do you have to hold the gas pedal to the floor and its putering you changed the plugs cap wire rotor and fule fillter?
It could also be that the timing is off. I am going thru that right now. Found out it was my timing belt. Be careful because if the belt breaks while U are driving it can destroy your engine.
While driving my car will occasionally jerk momentarily when the revs are between 0 and about 2200 rpm any higher than that and it wont do it at all also does it far less when air con is on?
either the valves in one of your cylinders are bad or you have a bad head gasket
I took off my 1990 Corsica driver door and had to cut the wires and now my interior light and radio wont work so i put the door back and re-wired it and it still wont work What to do?
there should be a fuse labeled IOD check that fuse if there isn't one check all of the fuses.
Truck runs rough when warm if you accelerate slow it runs fine but if you step on it bangs hard and misses but it does not do it all the time changed the fuel filter and it drove fine for about a week?
try your idle control valve also your fuel pumpi had a problem similar to yours and it was thefuel pump
If someone tore out your CD player subs and all the wires to go with it and now your car has no juice and you can't even open the hood what could he have done and how do you get the hood open?
Try this: safely raise up car with a hydraulic jack then get under car to hook up jumper cables directly to the starter. Hook the positive on the positive lug while you ground the neg to bare metal. This will back feed power into the system. Most hoods open with a cable that is hooked up to a ins...
How do you know if you have bad gas Start it every couple of months and drive it around the block It ran but did not have any power and now it turns over but will not start Gas is ovr 1 yr old?
try using either rubbing alcohol or some octane booster.
Do not have a manual for this vehicle and you have a red warning light on the dash which looks like a tank of fluid with a drip above it and a pipe to the left and right Does anyone have any ideas?
Sounds like the low oil indicator. If you look under the hood you should find a handle (probably yellow) that when you pull it a long metal stick comes out, somewhere near the bottom of that stick will be a scale with E and F on. If its near E it needs more oil. The oil does not go in the hole yo...
You purchased a car for your niece and paid NJ sales tax now she has moved to pa and they are asking her to pay the sales tax in pa even though you paid it already in NJ what can you do?
From the Penn DOT website: "If you hold a valid title issued in another state and, have owned the vehicle at least 6 months before moving to Pennsylvania, you will not be required to pay any sales tax when you register your vehicle in Pennsylvania. If it has been less than 6 months, you will need...
Should you see if your bank will repo your car as you just can't keep making the payments and when you do they are late you have had the car for 4 month now you know it will make your credit bad?
I need to know how long does it take the bank to repo your car if you are 2 payments behind. Can I make arrangements to make a payment next week
When i am driving down the road my car dies it happend today 3 to 5 times in a row what would cause that to happen i changed the fuel pump and the crank sensor and i don't know what else to do?
Have you had your alternator tested. It sounds like it may be going bad.if you have battery discharge problem ( battery not charging and then dies the engine ) you can not crank the engine. if you have access to fault code, please read it and then try to solve that.