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Embarassing MAS experience

Discussion in 'General Explorations!!' started by sparkyputerguy, September 28, 2002.

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    1. sparkyputerguy

      sparkyputerguy New Member

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      Allright- I feel like a total dumb@ss!

      This afternoon, I removed the negative battery cable, removed the MAS, cleaned it, re-connected the battery, started her up and let her run for 5 minutes before doing anything. I was hoping to resolve some sluggish acceleration and some pinging-type noises...

      So my funny little honey and I went for a ride around the DC beltway and the truck was really sluggish (even more than before) and was really rough when accelerating and shifting. I was freaking out (internally), but not letting on that anything was terribly wrong. I was going through everything I did trying to figure out what I could have bumped or accidentally disconnected.

      When we got to our destination, I popped the hood and saw that I had forgotten to reconnect the cable that goes to the MAS. D'oh!!!!

      Note to self... always plug in what you disconnect :) Everything's fine now.

      Anyone know why I didn't get a check-engine light? I would have thought that would have angered the 'puter!
       
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      Glad everything turned out:D Never let them see you sweat:)
       
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      Most DTCs require two successive error conditions (with a cold start in between) to set off the MIL. If you scan your codes, you should have a MAF failure in your "Pending" codes. After 40 non-fault runs, it will clear. Some DTCs will set off the MIL as soon as they happen. Apparently the MAF isn't one of them.
       
    5. Crankcase

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      I left that connector off my MAS once while changing my air filter.

      The X wouldn't idle for more than 15 seconds or so before stalling. I was like WTF is wrong? Then about a minute later I remembered the connector. I plugged it in, and drove away:D

      It is always better if you know someone else has done it too, it makes you feel better:)
       
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      aye, im part of this club too
       
    7. dejello

      dejello perpetually unconcious

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      Happened to me before, except I just didn't plug it in all the way... My light came on, same responses from the X...
       
    8. Rhett

      Rhett Let Them Eat Cake Elite Explorer

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      heh. I did that too once. (til now I never admitted that to anyone here though)
       
    9. 97emerald

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      As long as we are on the mas subject, has anybody ran into a mas they couldn't remove? Mine has a security torx on one screw, but the other one has what looks like a type of rivet. It is so hard that vice grips cant get a grip on it. Should it screw out also? I haven't seen any other references to a fastener like this when I did a search on it. Thanks.
       
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      did it improve your sluggishness that was originally there?
       
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      Yeah- the X is a little more responsive on acceleration now. I've found that cleaning the MAS and resetting the computer every couple of months seems to keep things going well. Maybe it's a mental thing, but a lot of people here seem to do the same...

      I would recommend it if you haven't tried it before- then let us know if you feel any improvement as well.
       
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      Aahhh YUP...I'm in that club also on my 97 Sport. Ran like it was firing on 3 cylinders and the CEL came right on.

      "97emerald"
      Since you have a 97 like mine, you will find that you probably have 2 of your security torx screws filled with a black epoxy. Mine has the same thing. Couldn't get the epoxy off or grab them with anything either. I just sprayed a quality (Non-residue) contact cleaner thu the tube to clean mine. Has had no adverse effect.
       
      Last edited: October 2, 2002

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