Iíll admit now: Iím definately not an automotive expert. So, please go
easy on me. To start off, I drive a 1990 Pontiac Firebird with the
189ci 3.1L EFI and a 3 spd + O/D auto package on it. Itís quite cherry
and was garaged practically 24/7 for the first 13 years of it life,
where it only racked up 15,500 miles. Everything is stock, except the
tires and the alternator, which I replaced less than a year ago. It
now has 48,000 miles.
I just had some work done by Midas. The previous owner put in this
reddish-orange coolant, which I think the mechanic called Dexa-Cool or
something of that nature. While I flushed the system as soon as I got
the car, the mechanic told me that the coolant was in long enough to
eat away at 3 freeze plugs, the rear two of which were leaking and the
front was about to start too. He popped out the tranny and replaced
I also had a problem with my headlight. I had to splice a new 6054ST
connector in because a contact had broken loose. While Iím positive
the splicing is perfect, I took off the negative terminal while doing
Right after I got the car back, I noticed that it was trying to stall
at times. It will only want to stall when slowing to a stop like for
stoplights. Slowly or rapidly decellerating makes no difference, but
the thing sputters like it wants to stall. A few times it has, which
is a pain with an automatic at a green light. The stalling doesnít
occur when fully stopped, idling, accellerating out from a stop, or
any time other than when stopping for lights. Running the headlights,
stereo, or any other electrical has no effect on it. Temperature has
no effect. Popping the tranny into neutral when stopping may or may
not have an effect... I canít tell if there are any changes.
What I want to know is since the work on the freeze plugs was
guarenteed, should I take the car back to the shop, or is it due to
electrical from when I messed with the terminal? I donít have much
cash, so any work I can do myself without having to buy any more tools
would be great.
Thanks in advance. :)
So, any ideas?
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