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loss of power, rpm's sticking at 2000 and 3000, wont acc.


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#1 SySTeMaT1c

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Posted 22 July 2009 - 07:25 PM

i tryed to start my car today, turned over 3 times, then made a huge THUMP!!! noise, and it felt like my car crashed, and i thought to myself, "that dint sound and feel to good", then i noticed after, battery was dead, jumped it, charged it a bit, and now my car is sticking at 2000 and 3000 rpms, and it wont acc. at all, idk if this helps, but i just put a CAI in my car bout a week ago, any help is greaty greatly appreciated, thank you very much.
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Posted 24 July 2009 - 02:37 PM

figured out the problem with my car, the cats plugged, :(
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Posted 24 July 2009 - 09:26 PM

Bummer, but at least you figured out the problem. I don't know how I missed this thread. Thanks for the update.

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Posted 26 July 2009 - 08:52 AM

Is there a check that you can do to see if your cat is plugged?
sometimes my car does the same but if i give her a lil jump they will go higher than 3000

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Posted 26 July 2009 - 10:45 AM

Is there a check that you can do to see if your cat is plugged?
sometimes my car does the same but if i give her a lil jump they will go higher than 3000


yea, use a backpressure guage, my engine is actully building up pounds of pressure cause the cat is clogged, lol, my car is not driveable until i get it fixed.. ;)
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Posted 26 July 2009 - 11:20 AM

man that sucks best of luck to ya

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Posted 26 July 2009 - 03:18 PM

hey thanks, well, i did manage to get all my spark plugs replaced! ;)
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Posted 26 July 2009 - 06:51 PM

haha i feel your pain i did my sparkplugs and wires, plugs are terrible
the first time but once you do it once its easy from there, wires are cake

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Posted 26 July 2009 - 06:57 PM

oh and i was looking at this back pressure guage and it reads 0-8 psi, whats average psi?
and it says that it plugs into an o2 sensor hole (or whatever the technical term for hole is)
which 02 sensor do i use? the one before or after the cat? or both? help please :)

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Posted 26 July 2009 - 07:06 PM

oh and i was looking at this back pressure guage and it reads 0-8 psi, whats average psi?
and it says that it plugs into an o2 sensor hole (or whatever the technical term for hole is)
which 02 sensor do i use? the one before or after the cat? or both? help please :)


I am not sure of the pressure, but you definitely want to use the 02 sensor before the cat.

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Posted 26 July 2009 - 07:16 PM

oh and i was looking at this back pressure guage and it reads 0-8 psi, whats average psi?
and it says that it plugs into an o2 sensor hole (or whatever the technical term for hole is)
which 02 sensor do i use? the one before or after the cat? or both? help please :)


it should not exceed 1.25 psi at 2500 rpms (correct me if im wrong), and like bob said, use the front one, if you think about it, using the back one makes no sense at all, the psi in my car is 8.1 psi at 2500 rpms, thats really bad, and my pcm says my cats junk too, but if you have a high psi of backpressure, dont assume its a bad cat right away, it could possibly be a collapsed pipe or your muffler, and look into a backpressure gauge that reads 8-10 psi, so you know what your looking at. also, im pretty sure misfires are what caused my cat to get clogged. because my car misfires in the rain. i need to get the wires replaced... :(

Edited by SySTeMaT1c, 26 July 2009 - 07:28 PM.

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Posted 27 July 2009 - 10:01 AM

very interesting cause my car was misfriring for a bit as well




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