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    Question Enging Starts revs, then dies

    I have a 2002 WRX Wagon with TBE, Recirculating BOV, and HElix Catted DP and Greddy Evo2 CBE. I left my car sit with very little gas(1/8 or less) for 2 days, then get in and go to start it and it starts revs like normal then dies. Whats causing this? I can keep it goin by pumping the gas pedal, but it sounds like **** and backfires and ****.
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    Helix Uppipe also
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    Your out of gas...
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    not out of gas i put gas into it, im at a 1/4 tank now, its something else I think soething to do with the fuel, but not sure
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    check for boost leaks

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    I'm having this same problem, except on a near-stock 2002 sedan w/114,000 miles. My only mods are a gutted oem uppipe (been in for years), and replaced the turbo with a stock one 1 month / 1000 miles ago with no problems. I didn't let the car sit for days, although it did sit for 1 night at about 1/8 tank just before this problem started.

    It'll sit there and idle forever, but when you begin to rev, it dies.

    The fuel filter was overdue for a change, so I tried that first - no help.

    Next I pulled the sparkplugs and they look fine.

    I think it's acting a little like the way a car acts when the plug wires are dead.... except of course the WRX doesn't have plug wires. Could it be those coils?
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    Quote Originally Posted by bluewag12
    I have a 2002 WRX Wagon with TBE, Recirculating BOV, and HElix Catted DP and Greddy Evo2 CBE. I left my car sit with very little gas(1/8 or less) for 2 days, then get in and go to start it and it starts revs like normal then dies. Whats causing this? I can keep it goin by pumping the gas pedal, but it sounds like **** and backfires and ****.

    Could leaving the tank empty build up some condensation and thus you have water in your tank? Just a through I'd put a GOOD full tank of prem. gas in there and change fuel filter.
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    try disconnecting the battery.. pump the brake, then reconnect.
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    UPDATE: tried le wagon's suggestion, and tried cleaning the MAF sensor. Both no help.

    Note: I got a CEL first thing when I first had this problem, and it came right back on after the reset. Unfortunately I don't have a code puller and the car couldn't get to autozone to get it pulled.
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    Update/observations:

    If I roll onto the throttle -very slowly- in neutral, it'll rev quite high. If you stab the throttle or put it in gear, it dies right away.

    AND... if you let it warm up for a long time, doing a number of slow rolls onto the throttle, the problem goes away, until the car is cold again.



    I couldn't find any disconnected hoses. Right now I'm still suspecting maybe one or more of the coils are going bad. Any other possibilities?
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    Warmed it up and took it to Autozone. Got these three codes:

    P1301 - Fire due to increased exhaust temperature
    P0545 - Exhaust gas temperature sensor circuit low input
    P1544 - High exhaust temperature detected

    Now, at autozone their code pulled called P1301 "Manufacturer Control Ignition System or Misfire", not a fire. And I certainly see no evidence of a fire in my engine bay. Could this be a typo in the OBD Code Listing?
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    Doing a search, looks like a lot of people having these codes were calling it a bad sender and using it as an excuse to do the 2.2 ohm resistor mod. So at $1.04, I decided to try it.

    For the time being, it appears to have fixed me up, although a puff of smoke on startup now has me worried that maybe the sensor wasn't bad, and that there really WAS a fire in my uppipe- leaky turbo perhaps.

    I'm going to see how it behaves in the morning, before I start thinking about removing the turbo....
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    turns out it was a clogged fuel line from condensation, the rex is runnin great now, thanks for all yuor help tho
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    turns out it was a clogged fuel line from condensation, the rex is runnin great now, thanks for all yuor help tho
    Doing a search, looks like a lot of people having these codes were calling it a bad sender and using it as an excuse to do the 2.2 ohm resistor mod. So at $1.04, I decided to try it.
    Can you guys post some links for these fixes? A problem just arised today on mine. I have an 02 with 55k & cobb stg1. Runs fines, starts fine, and feels normal until I push it 7/10ths to WOT boost or no boost. The engine will stutter if I push it somewhat hard and then stall if i push it any harder and it will feel like I stabbed the breaks for a split second. I just started searching for an answer and this is the first thread I came across. I changed my fuel filter at around 45k, so I'm pretty sure it isn't that. If I knew what fuel line to check and how to do it, i would. Have you guys heard of a similar problem??? Thanks!!
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