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Old 10-07-2012, 10:41 PM   #21
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Reading my first post, I totally botched that one. Sounded like I'm in my first year of esl. What i meant was when I was doing my vcg, i only checked 1 spark plug it looked decent, no oil on it so I had assumed the rest should be fine. Now whether or not the rest were good I don't know, but later on when I decided to change them, having lived with stalling during hard braking and cornering for several months, that fixed my problem. Only 2 of them was covered in oil. Oddly if i resetted my adaptations, the car ran fine and didn't stall till later on in the day. It also helped for some time when I began to stall or I was idling and the rpm constantly surged up and down to have my ac on. Eventually nothing helped and i was almost ready to give up. In the 2 years I've owned this, the cel has only been off for a cumulative of maybe 3 months. Lol. I still love my baby.
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Old 10-10-2012, 02:02 PM   #22
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Update: replaced the exhaust cam position sensor with the updated design. Saw improvement that day, but now my car is back to stalling again.. it seems to be ok on a cold start up but if I go to a store or something and restart the car, the stalling starts to occur. Acceleration is piss again and seems like the car can't hold an idle coming out of gear, and I have to burn out to accelerate from a dead stop trying to prevent the car from stalling out

The car is holding a steady non fluctuating idle at a standstill tho. So not sure what's going on.

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Old 10-10-2012, 04:21 PM   #23
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Codes cleared? Any new ones?
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Old 10-10-2012, 05:19 PM   #24
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Are you leaking oil from your valve cover
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Old 10-11-2012, 05:05 PM   #25
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Haven't checked codes again, but no not leaking any oil anywhere. Motor has all new gaskets. I have vanos seals on order I'm thinking it could very well be vanos related at this point.

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Old 10-13-2012, 04:54 PM   #26
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While your doing the vanos seals check those actuators and valves. Clean them with carb cleaner. If those actuators don't allow the vanos to work correctly it's not gonna matter about sensors and seals. Mine still has a slight bounce now and then which could be seals but the idling was improved 99%. And if you get that socket set its literally like a 15 min job.

You just unscrew both of them and take the valves out with your fingers. They will be left inside of the ports where you unscrew the actuators. Then clean them all up. Make sure everything moves freely and screw them back on. Give her a try
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Old 11-03-2012, 11:00 AM   #27
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Vanos seals and intake cam sensor getting done today finally! Hope it solves mt problem.

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