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Old 01-22-2009, 10:45 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Damn thing wont idle...

Well, after finding a spark plug where the electrode fell out into my cylinder.... The car will not idle worth a crap. I removed the piece of electrode as carefully as possible and put new plugs in it.

If you give it a little gas it will stay running but once you let off it drops back to a really low idle and dies... Any suggestions?
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HAve you checked your wires, vaccum lines, and AFM? Also make sure that your distributor is sending spark to all the cylinders.
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my guess is that whatever caused the electrode to come off is causing this. How did you get the electrode tip out of the cylinder? That's unusual....
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my guess is that you are going have to pull the head and go from there...
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I used a fiber-optic camera and a flex grab tool... I got all of it to come out.

My idle issue was caused by the previous owner advancing the timing when the car was only running on 5 cylinders... My car is back at my house and it will be taken care of tomorrow.
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I used a fiber-optic camera and a flex grab tool... I got all of it to come out.

My idle issue was caused by the previous owner advancing the timing when the car was only running on 5 cylinders... My car is back at my house and it will be taken care of tomorrow.
Wow, that's a new one on me! Glad you're sorting it out though.
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how can you advance the ignition on a Motronic engine? that's a new one on me.....
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