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I just changed the head gasket. I followed the haynes manual and it's torque specs. I broke the impulse sensor connector in the distributor, but fixed it with JB Weld. The cam was moved, so I lined the marks back up (The crank pulley's mark is incorrect, due to the vibration dampner, but I put it to #1 cyl tdc). It idles poorly at start up (wiggling the car, leading me to believe it's a flooded cylinder or two), not always but most often, and after about 20 seconds it clears up. MPG is down from average of 22 to average of 19. I changed the spark plug wires today as well as the coil wire and it still did it. The spark plugs look good. What is it? I'm taking it on a 1100 mile trip this weekend.<br>Thanks for all your help.<br>Isaiah
 

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Re: Dead cylinder(s) upon start up. (iclapp)

May be poor electrical connections at each fuel injector.<p>George Dill
 

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Re: Dead cylinder(s) upon start up. (iclapp)

Was it acting like a dead cyl before and after the head gasket? Or did it only act this way after? And why since you did not say, did you do teh head gasket in the first place? <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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It did get noticably worse after the changing of the gasket, but I had a starting problem before. That starting problem along with a miss while turning left quickly and from a stop, gave a man at work the idea that it would be a leak on the exhaust side of the H gasket. I thought it wouldn't be that hard, so I did it. I wasn't that hard, and I did it correctly.(of this, I am sure)<br>The guys at Swedish Auto, in Indian Trail, said that among many problems, it was probably my coolant temp sensor. Faulty, it told my FI computer to run rich because it thought the engine was colder than it was. We'll see when I order a new one, but it makes sense. Why don't we drive newer cars? I forgot the answer.<br>
 

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I saw the left hand turn post before. At that time you never said it did all this at idle sitting nor in a straight line going down the road. JUST on left turns. It now seems we all are chaseing windmills. Head gasket had then very little to do with it all, even if it had to do at all. Now that it is done and done correctly as you so well put it, that is one less thing that could not be the cause. Or the rest of us hope. Once the temp sensor is in get back to us after you clear the codes. If as I think the car still will be missing then you will have to get serious and track down one thing at a time. And move on in the electrical system. Does not seem to be a fuel problem form all that you are telling us. And never was I am sure. It is in the ign system someplace. BTW does it use any oil? and if so HOW MUCH? please give Qt's to MILES traveled please. And not generic stuff like every two weeks and such. Also if car has leaks take into account that too in the use answer. OIL on the driveway/garage floor every AM is NOT use per mile. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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The coolant temp sens thing still had me. So I traced the wires. The metal prong was not fully in the connector. Now it runs just as usual and I'll check the fuel economy when I fill up. I'm expecting the usual. I thank you guys. I really appreciate your help. <br>cheers,<br>isaiah
 
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