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Old 09-06-2011, 12:18 AM   #1
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Default Spit and sputter

Needs some help.

My car- 1993 Dodge Stealth 3.0 SOHC FWD 5sp

Problem- When the outside temperature is 80 degrees or higher, the car like the randomly die WHEN: I let off the gas and press in on the clutch (RPMS drop, drop low enough to kill it) AND when I first start the car, it starts, then dies.

Also, when accelerating, it likes the sputter when its a higher gear/lower speed. Kinda like its missing out...its not bad, but I can def feel it/hear it.


Solutions?!?! What could be the problems. I just changed the plugs and plug wires about 1000 miles ago. Could the problem be the coil pack?

I'm kinda lost...its doesn't do it all the time, but enough to piss me off when it does it!
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Old 09-06-2011, 12:33 AM   #2
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Would a cap and rotor kit help?
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Old 09-06-2011, 12:52 AM   #3
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The cap and rotor kit can't hurt (I like to change them every time I do the plug wires, myself). How many miles does it have again? It could be a clogged injector/s causing it. Any fault codes stored? It should still be a 3 key cycle system to check the codes.
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Old 09-06-2011, 12:55 AM   #4
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No codes... the engine has 150,xxx miles on it.

I'll prob order a cap and rotor kit, they are only $25 on rockauto!
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Old 09-06-2011, 01:08 AM   #5
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$25 ain't bad. You could try running some Lucas (only one I'll use) injector cleaner through it too just to be sure.
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Old 09-06-2011, 01:10 AM   #6
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Ill pick some up tomorrow...thanks Joe :)
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Old 09-06-2011, 01:19 AM   #7
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No prob bud. It's a little pricey, but the reason I'll only use Lucas is I've heard some horror stories about the cheap stuff eating fuel lines and tearin up filters.
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And with the car almost being 20 yrs old I wanna use some good stuff that wont screw up my lines lol
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I know when mine did this same thing, it was the intake gasket at the head, runners 3 and 4 both were leaking, kept thinking it was the carbs, well it was partly the carbs but a vacuum leak will do this too. Mine got worse and worse as it got warmer because everything was expanding and making the leak bigger. Take some carb cleaner or starter fluid and spray at the base of your throttle body where it mounts to the intake and any other places tht mount to intake, ie egr, at heads, maybe check vac lines too. When spraying, if idle increases or decreases its a vac leak, if you hear this difference spray the spot again to double check. Dont go crazy with it either, the stuff is flamable, just short little sprays. just my $.02
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Old 09-07-2011, 12:30 AM   #10
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Good idea...I'll give it a shot!
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