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soo my truck started miss firing so bad the other day that i had to get it towed home. i replaced the plugs and wires and the check engine light went off and it stoped miss firing but now it back fires and smelt like sulfur and has no power?!?! so i cut out the cat thinking it was so clogged that it made it so i had no power but it still back fires and has no power?!?!
someone please help i dont know what to do at this point?
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Try replacing the coil, they are not expensive. If it doesn't help, you'll have an extra one for future troubleshooting . And btw, some more info would be helpful. Like does it do it all the time or just when cold or just when hot?
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If you haven't replaced your front O2 sensor, you might want to try that to. Pretty cheap thing to get, easy labor you can do yourself. My advice is to avoid Bosch. Just tried to hook up one of their sensors, the cable was 1/2" to short to plug into where it was supposed to. I double checked the part #, its right.
So I cut wires off the old sensor, cut the plug off the new one, and wired it to make it long enough. There are two white wires, not sure if it matters which one attaches to which plug terminal, but I tried both ways, didn't matter. Truck bogs down when I try to accelerate shortly after I start it, misses at low or high speed, and so on until its running for a while and then comes out of it. If I turn it off, same thing all over again next time I start it.
O'Reillys, my normal part store, just has Bosch and nothing else for O2 sensors. So I went to an independent local auto parts store, they had NTK (same company as NGK) sensors, which I've heard good things about. They don't have it in house, but at the warehouse. So I drive three or four miles to the opposite end of town in Saturday traffic with a misbehaving truck, get the part from the warehouse, go home. Attempt to install it later that night... they gave me the wrong sensor. They gave me one for a California emissions truck. *sigh* Plug doesn't fit.
So I will have to wait until Monday to do the exchange, and with my luck, they won't have the one I need on hand. Why have none of the 49-state sensor and lots of the Cali type in South Dakota, I don't know, but like I said, that'd be my luck.
1998 was the year they changed it IIRC, some 1998s have the older style, some have the newer style. So you got one of the older style exhausts. Not a big deal.
You need to put a hole in your pipe some place shortly after the manifolds and thread in an O2 sensor that can plug into the connector that went to the original "in cat" O2 sensor. Or have a exhaust shop do it for you.
i dont know if that will work or not though...because the o2 sensors that are in the cat take readings from both exhaust pipes...not just one. idk if it would make a difference though. i was curious about it myself.
The 2nd (downstream) sensor provides data that the PCM uses to determine that the cat is working properly. This is the one that would get replaced with a simulator if you started seeing CEL's. The upstream sensor is what tells the PCM how to feed gas to the engine.
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idk, my truck doesnt even have a downstream sensor...doesnt have a simulator either, to my knowledge. no codes or anything. weird...but regardless, he's having trouble with the truck running, so i would imagine that would be his upstream sensor...and if he has a cat like i do, the sensor pulls readings from both pipes at the same time right before the cat. if he just goes and puts it in a random spot on ONE pipe, then won't it screw the readings up?
it could be something with the fuel system...bad fuel pump maybe...but unless your compression is EXTREMELY low, like at 80-90...it wouldn't be compression. so i dont think you have to worry about that. just get a compression test and ask to see the results and post them here...dont let him jack you around. i've had it done to me and i didnt have it. i fixed it myself lol.
so im bringing it to the shop tomorrow to have a cat welded in.. i talked to the guy and hes doesnt think its the cat he said he thinks it could be something with the fuel system or compression..
If you don't have an upstream O2 sensor, I can guarantee its part of your problem, at the least. Might not be the whole problem, but at the very least its part of it. The computer needs that sensor to adjust the fuel/air ratio properly. If a cat and O2 sensor are welded in (or at least just an O2 sensor), that should at least fix some of your problems.