Greetings, Fiero gurus.
I recently acquired an 86 GT, 4-speed muncie with ~120k miles.
The car ran fine for the first 3k or so miles, but had a loud exhaust leak from the rear (thank god) exhaust, and had the egr, cruise control, and EVAP cannisters deleted by the previous owner.
I was already getting pretty decent fuel economy (~25mpg 80% highway) but wanted a bit more due to my long commute, so set off to fix the EGR.
Here's a total list of things I've done leading to the current problem.
- Replaced the EGR hose with a Rodney Dickman piece, which involved
> removing intake plenum
> removing distributor
> removing throttle body (left it connected to those giant coolant lines)
- Replaced the cap and rotor (they looked like they had been to the bottom of the sea.)
- Replaced the PCV (for good measure)
- Cleaned / Reconnected EGR Solenoid (it turned out to be dirt / corrosion on the differential pressure / feedback sensor)
- Ran new vacuum lines to the EGR Solenoid / Valve
- Reconnected Cruise control (it was just physically disconnected from the throttle body....? I'm beginning not to trust the PO's mechanic)
- Ran new vacuum lines to the cruise / EVAP cannister
- Replaced the rear (trunk side) exhaust manifold gasket (required drilling out 3 broken bolts!!! Love this car!)
- Checked my base timing and while I was poking around in there advanced it by 1-2 degrees average between cylinders 1 & 4 (around 10 IIRC) in diagnostic mode
- Reset the computer
I still have a MINOR (certainly not enough to do anything about it,) exhaust leak on the firewall side, but now my cruise (and assuming EVAP) works, no more code 32, and my fuel economy has increased by nearly 3mpg average!
But when the car is cold the car feels very anemic, and wants to die when starting from a stop, unless I hold the RPM's higher and feather it, which I never had to do before.
After a few minutes (I'm guessing when the O2 sensor takes over) it stops, but still surges a bit in low gears at low speed (it did this before, to a lesser extent.)
Warm, it still idles right around 1,000 on the dial, exactly the same as before the repairs.
I know I screwed up by replacing so much stuff at once, but can anyone narrow down something I might check out first? Does it sound like a vanilla vacuum leak somewhere? EGR stuck open? Timing too advanced?
I swore up and down I was going to stop working on the car until something serious happened after the whole exhaust debacle, but I just want to make sure I'm not damaging the car by running it super lean or anything.
Does this sound like anything I should worry about, or wait for it to get worse / undriveable? And are there any easy (free) things for me to rule out?
[This message has been edited by nmkaufman (edited 04-10-2015).]