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Old 01-04-2010, 03:15 PM
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Try learning how to drive stick on a racing engine with a twin disc clutch and big cams that like to stall under 1500 rpm.
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Old 01-04-2010, 04:33 PM
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im not worried anymore about drivinh stick , i figured it out pretty easily , well i got the oil changed and it drives a little smoother now , gonna change wires and plugs tomarrow , hopefully can figure out the problem , the guy that did the oil change said to change the fuel filter which i know every little bit will help figure out , dont know if its crap but the guy said a fuel additive will fix the problem with having to hold the gas pedal down to start it , but wouldnt the seafoam do the same type of thing
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Old 01-04-2010, 05:07 PM
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... dont know if its crap but the guy said a fuel additive will fix the problem with having to hold the gas pedal down to start it
Always remember this. There are isles and shelves of bottles of stuff you can pour in your gas tank. NONE OF IT WILL DO ANYTHING FOR YOU. It is 90% total BULLSHIT IN A BOTTLE. The remaining 10% is seafoam and it is only useful if your problem is a carboned up engine. It really does do a good job at cleaning that crap out. However your problem is not a carboned up engine.

Air filter, fuel filter, plugs, wires, clean the MAF, clean the throttle body, clean the IAC, and reset the computer.
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Old 01-04-2010, 05:50 PM
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well like i said im replacing the wires and plugs tomarrow , but i have a question what is the MAF abd the IAC , and how do i go about reseting the computer because ive never done it before , any idea were the plugs would be to plugin the computer
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Old 01-04-2010, 06:22 PM
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The fact that you can't drive a stick and you pay someone to change your oil saddens me. Hopefully you'll learn to do these yourself with a little help from your friends.

The MAF (mass air flow) sensor is in the intake tube at the air box, and measures how much air the engine is taking in.

the IAC (idle air control) valve is in the intake manifold, just behind the throttle body, and meters how much air is allowed into the engine to maintain proper idle.

To reset the computer without a scanner, simply disconnect the negative battery cable while the headlights are on, wait ~5 min to let all the residual power drain from the system, then reconnect the cable.

The plug to connect a scanner/tuner/etc to the computer will be on the underside of the dash, beneath the steering column.

BTW, we still don't know which engine you have.
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Old 01-04-2010, 06:33 PM
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Well the reason i had someone do it was because it was cheaper then if i did it myself , it was only $17 versus do it myself atleast $22 so why would i do it myself , and if you people looked at my most recent post is that " I CAN DRIVE STICK SHIFT NOW" , the engine is the 4 cylinder engine , thanks though for the meanings of those 2 things because i was told to clean them both , any preferance and what chemical to clean it
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Old 01-05-2010, 07:05 AM
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Hi , i have a new problem today , i was under my truck yesterday and noticed the wire going from the alternator to the starter was red hot , i dont know if its just the wire or a problem with the alternator , gonna go to autozone to have them test the alternator assuming if thats fine guess its just the wire , but has anyone else have this problem
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Old 01-05-2010, 08:14 AM
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Wire from the alternator to the starter?? There shouldn't even be such a wire. The alternator is not connected directly to the starter. I think you need to double check what you're looking at. And even if it was, the alternator would have nothing to do with it being hot. Of course it's hot, it is running along the side of an engine that is a scorching hot.
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Old 01-05-2010, 09:05 AM
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ok i will recheck it , also the wire was red hot and it was arching , assuming because its arching that hopefully its just the wire i would need to replace
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Old 01-05-2010, 09:21 AM
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It was doing what??????????
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Old 01-05-2010, 09:32 AM
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the wire on the ends is arcing after the engine is on for a few minutes , hoping just the wire is bad i think the wire is connected to the alternator , so dont know if the alternator is bad or wire , anyone else with that type of problem , thats the same wire that is also red hot

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Old 01-05-2010, 09:50 AM
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Dude, none of what you're saying is making any sense. I really think you need to have it towed to a shop and let a qualified mechanic that you trust look at it and fix it. You are describing things that do not exist and you do not understand how most of these components work to fix them. Since you can't accurately describe what is going on, there is no way anyone is going to be able to help you. Your truck is probably just going to catch on fire if you keep this up. I'm not trying to be a dick, I'm being serious.
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Old 01-05-2010, 10:24 AM
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well i dont know any other way how to explain it , a wire near the engine that is arcing , obviously if i cant figure it out very soon ill bring it to someone , please note though if you got confused at all sorry im basing this off of what i was told by the guy who did my oil change , i havent looked at it yet myself , if im able i will take a pic of the wire that is in question and hopefully can figure out what it is and why there is a problem , i understand you being serious im just tryin to find a way to fix it cheaply myself , if not then have a pro do it
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...i was under my truck yesterday and noticed the wire going from the alternator to the starter was red hot ...
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... im basing this off of what i was told by the guy who did my oil change , i havent looked at it yet myself....

So, did you look at it, or did someone else tell you what the "problem" was? We can't help you without accurate information, and we get annoyed when lied to, making it less likely you will get the help you need. So, be completely open and honest about it, and maybe we can help.

It's probably the wire going to the starter from the battery, and it will get hot while turning over the engine, but if it indeed is arcing, you may want to replace it before your truck burns to the ground. If you can't determine if thats a problem, please, take it to someone who can.
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