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1999 Chevrolet Malibu Base 4dr Sedan

1999 Chevrolet Malibu
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Front Wheel Drive, 4 Door Sedan, Midsize
22 mpg city / 30 mpg hwy
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February 11, 2013, 3:32 pm

Jess M

Here is something else we found. It is like there is no issue at all if we unplug the wire plugin connector that plugs into the EVAP canister underneath the car. It will start better and does not die at all but the check engine light still stays on and it starts smelling of gas outside the car pretty bad. Even if we get the check engine light reset to turn off it will turn on again in a few days now. Before when we would plug in connector like it should be it would automatically shut off the check engine light but start running terrible and when we would take it in for diagnostic nothing would come up until we would unplug the connector then it came up with the basic codes for the EVAP leading us to all the initial repairs that never helped. When we changed the Idle Air Control Valve the check engine light went off and stayed off but car still had dieing problem. Some how at one point the connector to the Idle Air Control Valve came unplugged and the engine light came on again but when we plugged it back in the engine light never turned off and has stayed on the entire time now regardless and just shows the same EVAP codes as before now. We are at a loss and no one can fix it. The mechanic that sold us the car had the entire EVAP system unplugged like I mentioned aboved, that is how we found it because it started smelling like gas so bad in my garage. I was affraid of a fire from the gagging vapors. He would never fix it it and claimed he knew nothing of the matter but he changed the fuel pump and was under there so I think he unhooked all the other just to get it sold. We set out to fix it but have been unsuccessful when hooking it up the right way.

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