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2000 ZX2 Weird Issue

Discussion in 'Tech & Repair' started by Tanker_01, Dec 13, 2018.

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    Tanker_01 FEOA Member

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    So my ZX2 is doing a weird thing where while driving at any constant speed it will feel like the brakes are lightly pressed for about 2 seconds and it will do it 2-3 times a minute. I also have a vaccum or IACV leak i am pretty sure because it is not idling correctly but i am not certain these issues are related. Also i have a faint clunking when taking off from a stop, i believe this is a motor or trans mount and may or may not be related to the first issue (could also be a halfshaft but does not pop or click during turning so not likely).

    If anyone has insight to this issue or either of the other two any advice would be greatly appreciated.

    Parts I have replaced on the car: MAF sensor, Air filter, Spark plug, Oil change, Rear Right strut, front left lower ball joint.

    Exhaust is very rusted after the cat and rattles when driving, may be related to the clunking noise.

    other probably non related issues: lifter tick (180k miles so not unheard of), appears to have been in a front end collision at some point (bumper, headlights are loose and have broken tabs)

    The car is decently beat up and was not very well taken care of by the previous owners. but it does have a kamikaze exhaust header on it so at some point in time it was taken care of.

    If there is any other information needed please ask.
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    Do you have your climate control turned on at all? if you do, it's the air conditioning compressor cycling on and off. It only doesn't come on in one or two positions.
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    There seems to be some connection to climate control. Is there any way to completely disable the AC compressor without removing it, like a fuse or something? I do not think AC works and I dont really need it. I would like to rule that out as an issue. My temperature gauge is incorrectly inserted in the faceplate (at an angle) so it has definitely been worked on or taken apart before.

    I plan to also replace the fuel filter and see if that helps at all, symptoms are similar to low fuel pressure.
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    The easiest thing to do is unplug the compressor.
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    I will give that a try
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    ok I installed the new fuel filter. seems to run better now overall but still does the low idle chugging. I noticed however that it is only doing the low idle when the radiator fan is running. Do I have an electrical issue? I also could not find the A/C plug, is there a fuse i can pull to disable the A/C pump?
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    Also, I took off one the valve cover breather that has the round/cylindrical cap that goes to the junction that connects the vaccum lines from the brake booster and I had some brown (oil/water?) liquid in it, does this mean head gasket leak is allowing water into the engine? i do not see any brown liquid or discoloration in the oil on the dipstick nor did i observe any discoloration of the oil when i did the oil change less than 2 weeks ago.

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