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Old 03-22-2005, 05:33 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm posting this here rather than E36 for exposure.

This started about a week and a half ago as a small tremble at idle. Now it's gotten worse. Whenever I'm at a redlight, in traffic, or a stop sign, or anything else requiring slowing down and stopping, my car starts violently shaking and smelling bad (kicking stuff out of exhaust i guess). It starts whenever the RPMs drop below about 1,200. If I'm at a redlight or something, I have to drop it into neutral and hold down the gas revving it up to around 1,500 or 2,000 until it changes where i drop it back into drive and quickly go.

If I'm too slow on my neutral revving technique, the car starts lerching violently and threatens to stall (as it has a few times before).

I've cleaned my idle control valve and that did absolutely nothing.

What else can it be? Help! I need a car. heh =/
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could it be the lack of side mirror?


jk in other words i dont know
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dying tranny ?
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This doesn't feel like a dying tranny. This feels like something deep inside the engine... =/
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well, I would stop driving it for sure, could it be a really bad piston misfire?
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maybe your ECU is fucked... take it to a dealership and have them run diagnostic tests (should cost around 100)
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not enough fuel 2 engine
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not enough fuel 2 engine
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What could cause that?

And about the ECU... how could it just mess up like that? I have it sharked, but it wouldn't just change one day would it? Doesn't make sense.
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not enough fuel 2 engine
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What could cause that?

And about the ECU... how could it just mess up like that? I have it sharked, but it wouldn't just change one day would it? Doesn't make sense.
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this man might be right. i would start by replacing the fuel filter if it hasnt been replaced recently... after i changed mine the car sputter for a few moments just as you described until it got enough fuel... clogged one might be doing the same thing
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Would that make sense that higher rpms are smooth as can be? It's only idle that sucks.
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check injectors maybe. replace plugs. give it a fuel injection system fuel additive. sounds like regular everyday stuff but hell, could it hurt?
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there are too many things it could be, sounds like a fuel problem of some sort, i would just go to a mechanic
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I'm dropping it off at Harrison Motorsports tomorrow afternoon =/

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They're about 15 miles from my house.
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Sounds like it may even be the alternator b/c it has trouble keeping the battery charged up when idling, but is fine when the car is running hard. Maybe a clogged cat Who knows
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Sounds like it may even be the alternator b/c it has trouble keeping the battery charged up when idling, but is fine when the car is running hard. Maybe a clogged cat Who knows
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Haha, I don't think it's the alternator, cause at one point i got pissed at it and BLASTED my subs on the way home... without a problem. lol

And I'm pretty sure it's not my cat.... considering I'm running a borla off-road xpipe (no cat). hehe

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