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'96 Impreza (automatic) stalls when 'floored'. WHY?

Old 05 January 1999, 05:12 AM
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Green Wilner
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My '96 Impreza (40,000 miles) has begun a nasty trick since summer: once in a while, the motor drops instantly dead -- no noise, no nothing, just dies -- just when you step on it. E.g. waiting at an intersection to dart left, I jump for the break in incoming traffic, but . . . dead still she goes. Our independent mechanic (yes, I know more about my PC than my car) found nothing by driving it himself, looking, even hooking up the sort of diagnostic 'scope' we have here. As it happens only about once a month, under various weather conditions, we're really foxed. Could it be related to the seasonal plummeting of my gas mileage (which the mechanic blames on the oxygenated fuel that is sold from October through April)? Any comments would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
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Old 05 January 1999, 10:04 PM
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Does this happen at about 3500 to 4000 revs, under reasonably hard acceleration? And is it like someone instantaneously turning off the engine and then turning it back on again?


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Old 06 January 1999, 02:41 AM
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Its a built in speed deterent mechanism. If you floor it the engine shuts down.
Then again maybe the fuel/air mixture is wrong so when you step on the gas pedal air rushes in with no fuel! *FHOOP!*

Impreza auto!Gawd! Pity you dont have the turbo in the States.
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