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Old 06-20-2003, 01:10 PM   #1
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Unhappy check engine light on 95 bonneville

My check engine light keeps coming on, in the afternoon, about 30 minutes after I leave the office. Occasionally the car stutters while accelerating and sometimes even shuts off. I pump the accelerator to keep it running. The mechanics aren't having much luck diagnosing the problem. Can anyone help?
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Old 06-21-2003, 06:17 PM   #2
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Need more info to help you out. Such as what codes are stored that cause your check engine light to come on, miles and anything else you can think of.
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Old 06-22-2003, 05:17 PM   #3
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check out the EGR valve...your symptoms sound similar to what i recently had on my 94 bonneville, and the problem was the EGR valve.
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this is exactly what my problem is.. but i replaced the egr valve and it still stalls and stutters... is there some special way to install the egr valve..like stuff your supose to do before putting the new egr valve onto the car?
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anyone fix this yet?
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Old 10-09-2003, 06:14 PM   #6
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Re: check engine light on 95 bonneville

I am having this same problem with 94 Bonneville.
Dealership just replaed EGR valve -- but still problem remains.

At stop, when you go to accelerate car hesitates, once it works through that bluh, bluh, bluh, it then accelerates fine. At highway speeds, with AC and cruise control on, car will start surging, tach keeps spiking. Seems worse when it is hot outside. And for first few minutes of driving car when cool outside and left to sit overnight, problem is not there..but within a few mintues of driving, if I stop and try to go again, car hesitates.

Took car to indepednet garage, they tried everything and could not find the fix (although they could re-produce the problem).

Some codes that came out when the dealer replaced the EGR valve were: egr valve pintle and heated o2 sensor. The independent said o2 sensor would not cause "driveability" problems as severe as this, but all other systems checked ok (ignition, fuel pressure, etc.).

Am taking back to dealership, where imagine they will soak me for another $$$ (but hopefully fix it right this time).

Would O2 sensor cause this problem? Is there a quick way to disconnect O2 sensor to see if condition improves?
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Old 10-10-2003, 06:21 AM   #7
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Re: Re: check engine light on 95 bonneville

Does it feel like an engine misfire?
You may have a coil going out when the engine temperature goes up.
I would also look at the possiblity of a sticking injector.
There are too many variables right now to pinpoint what is causing the problem.
I have seen O2 sensors cause some minor driveability issues, but nothing as severe as you describe.
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Old 10-10-2003, 02:53 PM   #8
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Re: Re: Re: check engine light on 95 bonneville

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Does it feel like an engine misfire?
You may have a coil going out when the engine temperature goes up.
I would also look at the possiblity of a sticking injector.
There are too many variables right now to pinpoint what is causing the problem.
I have seen O2 sensors cause some minor driveability issues, but nothing as severe as you describe.

Not like a misfire, but not getting enough/or too much gas.....

funny is that it works fine if you are accelerating from a roll, but if you stop and then try to go again the car does the bluh, bluh, bluh and you have to feed it gas very slowly to get the acceleration going.

Another question is how to work with the dealership -- they plug the car into computer, read code, sez EGR valve, replace EGR valve, you're fixed....but anyone that starts car up and would try to drive it can see problem is not fixed -- how do I approach dealership with this? Say "unless you can prove the part you are replacing fixes the proble, I'm not paying"? Would they go for that?

Any advice is appreciated.
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Old 10-10-2003, 04:34 PM   #9
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they plug the car into computer, read code, sez EGR valve, replace EGR valve, you're fixed

If it was that easy, there would be 1 person that plugs in the car and a flock of trained monkeys slapping parts on.
The scan tool (AKA the "computor") will give DTCs and data stream information...but the tech using it has to be able to interpret the information and make a diagnosis on what is causing the problem...is it electrical control, failed part..etc.....
Just because the code is for an EGR valve doesn't mean that the valve is bad...it might have a broken wire inside the insulation that is not sending the proper serial data back to the PCM.

Another question is how to work with the dealership

Thats easy...talk to the service advisor and explain what your car is doing...a good service advisor will even ride with you and have you duplicate the problem so he will have a better grasp on the problem (thats if there aren't 500people waiting to do the same thing behind you)
Make sure he writes down all the information...don't tell him my SES light is on and walk out..take time to explain.
I hate to get a repair order that has "SES light..check and advise" or "cust states car acts funny"......a good write-up sometimes determines the difference on whether or not an accurate diagnosis can be made.
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Re: check engine light on 95 bonneville

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...a good write-up sometimes determines the difference on whether or not an accurate diagnosis can be made.
Agree, also matters on who writes up the work order. Took the car in yesterday, they said the EGR valve was stuck open, so it should have been replaced anyway. Then, they traced the hesitation problem to a "mass air flow sensor." Initial cost estimate was $289, but they knocked it down to about $165+tax after acknowledging that they had not fixed the problem previously. Have not replaced it yet, was not able to leave it overnight to fix the next day.

Mass airflow sensor sound right?
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Old 10-14-2003, 10:59 AM   #11
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Re: Re: check engine light on 95 bonneville

A MAF sensor can cause a hesitation and a surge.
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Re: Re: Re: check engine light on 95 bonneville

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A MAF sensor can cause a hesitation and a surge.

but can it cause these problems?

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Occasionally the car stutters while accelerating and sometimes even shuts off. I pump the accelerator to keep it running. The mechanics aren't having much luck diagnosing the problem. Can anyone help?
as I am having the same problems!

or would an 02 sensor cause this or an egr valve? and can they be cleaned if so with what?

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Re: Re: Re: Re: check engine light on 95 bonneville

Does the Check Engine light come on?
There are a number of things that can cause the problems you are describing.
It is difficult to diagnos a vehicle over the internet..(hell..sometimes its difficult to diagnos one when it is in front of you!)
I can make a list a mile long of things that could cause what you are feeling...hopefully I can lead you in the right direction and prevent you from spending money that you don't need to spend.
To start, you may have a fuel pump that is losing pressure, sensor that is schewed, secondary ignition misfire or even a trans shift control problem.
If you came to me, the first thing I would do is ride with you and get you to show me what the car is doing.
Sometimes a simple road test with the customer will lead you right to the problem.
Next would be to hook up some test equipment and drive the car again and watch sensor parameters while the car is acting up...that way I can see what IS and IS NOT causing the problem and hone in on the root cause.
Next is to recommend a repair and then drive the car again to verify the repair.
If you give me as much information as you can, I can narrow down the causes of the problem and lead you in the right direction.
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with me the problem does not happen every day or even every week..just when it feels like it...I get the ses light on start up at times at other times it won't show up for weeks ..as far as th car studdering and dying ..as said before it is not routine..but it does happen..and when it does..it trips the SES light I have changed the ignition moduel and fuel filter...I have taken it to auto zone to have diagnosed but because of my year model..they could not!

I have a 94 se!

I purchased this car used about 8 months ago..the first few weeks i got it I had problems with it cranking and not starting..replaced the ignition module (had it tested and it failed)and that hasn't happened since...and everything has worked fine until the past month it first shut completely down on the interstate while driving..got the SES....pulled over and it started right up...It hasn't completely shut down since..but it has studdered and i pumped the gas it and it kept going..

sorry for writing a book..but just giving you some background!
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Re: check engine light on 95 bonneville

Does it set any trouble codes? If so, which ones?
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