Non-Mustang Car Help

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  1. Mr. Hawver

    Mr. Hawver New Member

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    Hey everyone! I've got a really crappy running 1992 Pontiac Bonneville with the 3.8 V6 in it (I know, I know, its not a mustang, but you guys know your stuff). Just about every time I hop in it to drive, it starts right up without a hitch. If I rev it up a little it falls flat on its face and usually dies after surging for a while. Sometimes, the more I press the gas pedal the more the engine bogs down until it dies. Even the slightest engine load seems to make it fall on its face too; I can't even accelerate. I've held the gas pedal to the floor before and it slowly gains a little speed but seems to top out at 20 or so. When I do get it up to speed (when it is running correctly) it will start acting up and the car with stutter and shake. When it is cooler out, say 50's or so, it doesn't seem to do it, or do it near as bad. When it is about 70 or warmer it does it all the time.

    I've replaced the plugs with some Bosch platinums as well as the plug wires. It didn't help, it may have made it worse, but it is really hard to tell. The old plugs had a little white to them, but nothing out of the ordinary I don't think. I just put a can of Berryman's fuel injector cleaner in it in case something is clogged up, but haven't ran the car since. The car did sit for about a year and it ran fine after I got it out. This crap started happening right after I filled the tank up second time.

    My cousin thinks that it is the coil packs, but I don't really want to drop $100 on a part that may not fix it. So, what do you guys think?

    Thanks a lot!
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  2. HISSIN50

    HISSIN50 "How long does it take to get help in here? SN Certified Technician

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    Brandon, as a heads-up, SN has a non-stang tech sub-forum. If you cant find your thread later, it probably got moved there.

    Have you confirmed that you have decent fuel pressure?

    I've seen issues just like this with dirty injectors. But the car ran well for you since it was stored. I'd go with the last variable - it started right after a fill-up. Any chance of some nasty gas?

    Can you get codes or view PIDs?

    Depending upon what it does exactly and when, I can think of many other variables as well.

    Now with the coil pack thoughts (or the power transistor), if it was that/those, I'd expect a pretty bad miss or shutting down spark to a couple of cylinders at higher RPM's.

    Wow, that post was no help at all. Good luck and bump.
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  3. Mr. Hawver

    Mr. Hawver New Member

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    Opps... sorry about that!

    I originally thought of the bad gas, but I filled up at BP the second time and have heard that their gas is usually good stuff.

    I've gotten one CEL, but otherwise nothing. I'll have to see if I can hobble it over to a parts store to grab a code reader. I imagine it is like a stang and will store codes that don't throw CEL's.
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  4. BlownFiveLiter

    BlownFiveLiter have car, will race....wait, it doesn't run

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    Moved to Other Auto Tech.
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    Darkwriter77 Resident Ranting Negative Nancy

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    TPS (Thottle Position Sensor), perhaps? :shrug:

    Verified that all of the vacuum lines and grounds are kosher, yet? It's GOT to be throwing codes of some kind, if it's acting up that badly - pull 'em and see what kind of codes it has stored, and that should at least give you a starting point, if nothing in a visual inspection looks suspicious.
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    have you checked for codes??

    have you changed the fuel filter?? gunk in the tank may have gotten sturred up when you put the new gas in.
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    for a 92 GM just use a paper clip. jump the top right hand 2 pins(A &B) in the connector and count the "check engine" light flashes. (easiest vehicles to check codes on)

    should show code 12 then anyother codes. code 12 - 1 flash, short pause, 2 flashes will show that 3 times then anyother codes. all codes run 3 times, after last code will repeat code 12 and so on.
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    dragnazz5.0 My "0" key d0esn't w0rk, s0 I have t0 use the zer0

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    if i remember correctly that engine has a mass air meter on it....start the car up and let it idle....pop the hood and tap on the mass air meter with a screw driver or anything....if the car shuts off thats your problem. ive seen it many times
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