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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old Jun 6th, 06, 10:29 AM Thread Starter
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88 2.8L V6 FI Dies on idle

I have an 88 Chevy Camaro Sport Coupe. It's a 2.8 litre V6 multi port fuel injected. I've had her since she was new and I take fairly good care of her.

I went to start her yesterday and all it would do is crank as though it wasn't getting any gas. So I tried giving it a little gas, normally I don't have to as the car usually gives it just enough to start it but this time it wasn't. So after I gave her some gas she rolled right over. When I took my foot off the gas she choked right out. If it was a carb I'd think something just broke loose but I can see nothing loose and I'm sorta lost when it comes to electronics. If anyone could give me an idea of what I'm looking at so I have an idea if this is something I can replace myself or do I need to get my mechanic in on it. I trust him but as I'm seriously short on funds I'd rather handle it myself if I can. I've replaced water pump and alternator as well as tuned her up so I'm not a total weenie.

I appreciate any and all advice.

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Re: 88 2.8L V6 FI Dies on idle

Check your fuel pump. Do you hear it working? You shouldn't have to pump the gas pedal on a fuel injected car.

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Re: 88 2.8L V6 FI Dies on idle

I'm certainly no expert, I'm not even an amateur but if the fuel pump wasn't working wouldn't it not run at all? The car does run when I have my foot on the gas. It's only when I let my foot off the gas that she then dies out. With a carb I could see about just using a screwdriver to up the idle speed but in this case it's as though whatever was telling the engine how much gas it needs at rest simply isn't sending those signals anymore. Nothing else is different about the car. When I start her up, she does run rougher than normal for a bit but then calms down a bit once she's been going for a minute or so. I traced every line that I could see under the hood and there are no breaks, or leaks of any kind. I'm really at a loss here.
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Re: 88 2.8L V6 FI Dies on idle

Grab a Haynes manual, maybe $15 bucks or so ... Some speculation ... Maybe a bad throttle position sensor ... Pressing accelerator pedal also allows more air flow ... Make sure intake and air fliter are not obstructed ..

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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old Jun 7th, 06, 04:39 PM
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Re: 88 2.8L V6 FI Dies on idle

try some fuel injection cleaner.never know.give that a try.i had a old 92 taurus and when ever it did that some trusty fuel injection cleaner would do the trick.
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