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Won’t start heater core replacement

Discussion in '3rd Gen 1997-2002 2.0L SOHC' started by Brendon, Dec 22, 2018.

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    Brendon FEOA Member

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    I was not using brake cleaner. The head gasket and intake gasket are newer, it looks like felt pro blue gaskets. But I’ll give it a try.
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    Would a bad valve cause this problem.
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    Could a bad Idle air control solenoid cause wildly high idle? Yes. I was futzing around with mine, cleaned and over-lubricated it. My idle then rapidly oscillated from 400RPM to 4 or 5k then back down. It startled me to the degree that I didn't dare restart it without replacing it. But I already knew that it was compromised due to its behavior prior to futzing with it.
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    I replaced the idle air control.
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    You had said that earlier. My assumption was that it had zero impact. Was that the case?
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    Ya it dident do anything. I was pretty bummed. I planned on flipping this car due to it only having 72 thousand miles and I paied 400 bucks for it. Well the jokes on me.
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    I still strongly suspect that the issue is related to unmetered air.
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    If you bought with this problem and don't know what they did to it, then it could be anything. But if it worked fine before and the problem just cropped-up, then my strong suspicion is unmetered air.
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    Iv replaced all kinds of hoses and anything that is cracked. This is a disaster and my wife is pissed at me.
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    The person I bought it from was a airforce pilot that couldent change his own oil. Before that I’m not sure of the history.
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    Any evidence that its been in the hands of a "modder"? They can be the absolute worse type of owners to follow up. Like Trump assumes he knows more than the generals, they assume they know better than the engineers that built the thing... and they screw stuff up.

    You haven't yet taken the proper diagnostic steps of testing first. Just replacing parts, and getting nowhere, yeah, that can quickly turn to a frustrating affair. Worse move I ever made was needlessly replacing a clutch disc over a dead engine miss; just needed spark plug wires.

    Test with a vacuum gauge per interpretation instructions mentioned prior.
    If a vacuum leak is confirmed, spray flammable liquids around stuff, especially where the intake meets with the head.
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