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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-31-2019, 01:56 PM Thread Starter
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Car gasping for fuel

Hi all. My OBW 1997 drives fine for many miles then will want to decide to try or completely stall out when I put it into neutral. Starting back up in 1st gear is sluggish acting like it wants to cut off. But then after that will drive for 30 miles + like a brand new car?!?! Replaced fuel filter and it had some milky color gas when we dumped it out. Replaced new filter and it did it again when I was test driving. Any suggestions? Thanks!!!

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milky seems like condensation.

how about a whole tank of high octane from a busy station, and some cleaner to get rid of any thing left. (I would use Seafom, or techron if you can get it)



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You might also want to replace the fuel filler cap. If that seal is leaking, you'll continually get condensation in the fuel system over time.
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HEET and other products can help with water in the tank.

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In addition to a new gas cap - check to make sure there aren't any rust holes on the filler pipe.
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^^^ that is a good idea

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Are there any recent check engine lights?
Read the codes either way and see if any are pending. Any national chain does this for free. Post the 5 digit codes here (P0304...).

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Hi all. My OBW 1997 drives fine for many miles then will want to decide to try or completely stall out when I put it into neutral.
Is this an automatic or manual?
What do you mean "when i put it into neutral"? Is that the only time it does it? Describe precisely when and how it happens a little more clearly.

If I assume you literally mean what you said then your idle air controller needs replaced or possibly cleaned. They don't fail very often so a used one is a perfectly fine candidate for replacement.

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Starting back up in 1st gear is sluggish acting like it wants to cut off.
Why, and how, are you starting it in 1st gear?
It's a manual, are you pushing the clutch in or starting with it literally "in gear" and the car lurches forward?

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