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'97 Mirage "mind of it's Own"

Old 09-03-2009, 09:32 AM
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My GF and I have a '97 Mirage DE manual tranny. The cars been through ALOT and was being a champ up till about 6 months ago.

On some days from about 0-25 it struggles. On other days it CAN'T get over 5mph. On others 0-60 is NO PROB.

Took it to a shop when it first started.(I had ALREADY ran diff. fuel adds through it.and a new fuel filter spark plugs.)

3 weeks with #s of mechanics EVEN a Mits "specialist" with code scanner said we give up. Throttel positioning sensor,Cam sensor on and on "ruled out"

Towed it to another shop they gave up after a week.

It's been about 4 months or so.

Since then as of last week I went to the parts store to get sea foam on the way there(about 10-12 blocks from my house) ran like a POS.

After leaving within a block I had to back it down as I had it up to 60 in a 40!

At home the next day ran the 1/3 X 3 of seafoam through it. Followed the directions full tank of gas etc.

Since then it's done the above stated same probs.

The only thing I personally haven't done is clean the MAF. It's one thing I kind find. Where I thought it should be ( in the air tube from filter to manifold) has a BIG "plug" which seems to serve no purpose.

Even unplugged the battery for 30 mins in hopes of resetting the puter or something.

Sorry for such a LONG post especially being my first but I wanted to be as detailed as possible.

Any help or suggestions(OTHER than new car LOL NO $$$$) would be GREATLY appreciated.

My friend had a car a while back that had a "special" factory "secret" of opening the door and push the door button like 7 times and it clears the puter BIZARRE!

So fire away! Thanks in advance!
Old 09-24-2009, 05:57 AM
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first, you can stop using things like seafoam. they do not ever fix anything.

second, tell us more about whats happening when it acts up. Is it misfiring? stalling? etc etc
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