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    Have you seen for yourself there is no power to the PCM? The SES light won't come on when you turn on the key. A very likely cause is the ground box (we call it the bastard box) on the negative cable. If it is loose or has corrosion in it, it will not allow the relays in the CCRM to power on and will cause you all sorts of issues. As for your belt failures, if the VCT isn't properly set, it will cause issues, if the engine has crank-walk, it will cause belt failure, if the whole timing kit isn't installed (all the pulleys and/or if the tensioner isn't properly set, it will cause belt failure.

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    Thank you i will check it out myself when it gets towed back home because now the mechanic is saying its the fuel pump.... Sorry buddy but right before he picked it up i checked to make sure it was getting fuel... He is just trying to nickel and dime me to death........ So im sorry for the caps again im at work

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    No power? Fuel pump... how was that determined to be the issue?

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    ok about on my ZX2... it now runs but stalls out. very low idle. could it still be the timing off or something else BTW I did check the vct that is not it! hubby has other ideas about it but I just wanted to throw that out there.. (he is also on this pro)

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    Quote Originally Posted by CPL8484 View Post
    ok about on my ZX2... it now runs but stalls out. very low idle. could it still be the timing off or something else BTW I did check the vct that is not it! hubby has other ideas about it but I just wanted to throw that out there.. (he is also on this pro)
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    Got a P0171 code on an 03, got the hose F8CZ-6853-CA, however can't seem to match it up with anything within the engine bay.

    Pretty sure the hose in question is F8KE-6C342-BF, which connects to a nipple just before the air filter, and pretty sure it connects to the PCV. The line has part rubber, part plastic tubing, and can't find it online anywhere, well anywhere I looked.

    Any chance someone could post a pic of the engine bay and point out where the PCV and the hose in question are?

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    Guessing its the PCV filter, is part number F8KE-6A768-AC, the hose running between this and the plastic tubing is what looks to be dry rotted, so if nothing else, look for a piece of vacuum tubing to replace that with.
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    Hello everyone, I am now here. My shifter has recently become very loose and sloppy. (5 spd manual) I have had it fall down through the floor a few times, but its in tight now. The extra play from the shifter has gotten worse, and now rattles at certain rpm's. Should I assume this is just the bushings finally crapping out? Want to hear suggestions before I get into the car too deep to fix this. Thanks!

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    Yes, you need bushings.

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    Found and fixed an interesting cause of a P0171 in my '99 yesterday. Just before the P0171 set I noticed that crank times had gotten longer. Fuel pressure test showed that residual pressure was bleeding off almost immediately. Didn't have time to fix it that day so drove it for a few days and the P0171 hit on the 2nd day.

    Checked the injectors by removing the rail and cycling the key while checking the tips for leakage - none found. That led me to the fuel pump (check valve failing) so I went to pull the pump and once I removed the locking ring and pulled the top of the pump assembly up - I saw a thin stream of fuel coming out of the plastic hose between the lid and pump body.
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    The pressure was bleeding off because of that pinhole and the system was running on the low end of acceptable which caused the lean code. I could have replaced the hose with some rubber line but I had a new Airtex pump that came with a parts car I bought so just threw that in and both the extended crank time and DTC are gone.

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    My 98 Zx2 Randomly misfires and if I'm driving it, it wont idle. When I first start the car, it idles fine. But when I drive it, if I push the clutch in, it just shuts off and dies. itll start right back up just fine though and idle. Its only if i give it gas and let go. Then randomly one day, I drove it home from work and now it wont start. Itll start for a couple seconds if I spray starting fluid in it first. It has brand new factory spark plugs, wires, and coil pack. I also just had the head gasket replaced. But I've put 1,000 miles on it since the new head gasket was put on. Im thinking its the fuel pump. Anybody else have any suggestions?

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    Can you check your timing belt for us?


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    if it is not the head gasket then it sounds like vacuum leak probably from PCV hose ends or failed timing parts
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    I'm thinking your timing might have jumped.
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    I figure since the noise is affected by the ac being switched on and off, it must be the ac clutch or pulley. Is that not a good assumption? How would I determine which pulley it is if all of them spin normal?

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    Misfire at constant 3K rpm.

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