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Old 11-06-2009, 07:06 PM   #1
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Exclamation help! fuel injector problem

I had a strong gas odor in the car last week (03 Caravan Sport) and it felt like I was running out of gas. A mobile mechanic diagnosed it...said that the #5 fuel injector was bad. He was supposed to come back yesterday to fix it, but never showed. GRRRR....

Someone at work told me the car would run fine if we removed that injector. I have found directions to replace the injector...but no diagram of WHERE the injector is. Looks easy enough once we find that.

Also...what are your thoughts on REMOVING it for the time being...will the car run? Is it dangerous?


Thanks for any help, advice!

I really need this car up and running asap. While it's down, I can't get to work and I really cannot afford a big mechanic bill OR to miss work!

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Old 11-06-2009, 10:09 PM   #2
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Re: help! fuel injector problem

it will not run fine, it will still run the same rough, only on five cylinders..its not a hard fix...i would like to know what tests he did to come to the conclusion that it was an injector...
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Old 11-06-2009, 10:17 PM   #3
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Re: help! fuel injector problem

Hmmmm. I don't know; I wasn't there. He just phoned me and said his diagnostics said it was the #5 injector. He said it was an 'electical problem.'

A friend of mine said it sounded like the injector was stuck open. I lost a lot of gas and even had it coming out the tailpipe.
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Old 11-06-2009, 10:35 PM   #4
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Re: help! fuel injector problem

what size engine??? do you have a basic set of hand tools
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Old 11-06-2009, 10:39 PM   #5
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Re: help! fuel injector problem

6 cyl, 3.8L, awd
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Old 11-06-2009, 10:46 PM   #6
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Re: help! fuel injector problem

if i remember #5 cylinder is in the front...the injector is under the intake manifold...
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Old 11-06-2009, 11:22 PM   #7
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Re: help! fuel injector problem

I found a diagram on autozone, and yes, that's what it looks like.
Should I just replace it, or can it temporarily be disconnected (just for a day or so)? Right now I'm scared to even run it.
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Old 11-07-2009, 12:45 AM   #8
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Re: help! fuel injector problem

I would park it and fix it asap. If the injector is stuck open disconnecting the connector isn't going to make it pop shut unless you can get it to shut by tapping on it. Fuel will still pour into the exhaust creating one hell of a potential of one helacious backfire.
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Okay. Thank you.
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Old 11-07-2009, 01:06 PM   #10
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Okay. Thank you.
JMO.You will also ruin your cat if you run it like that.
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