My 1996 Chevy Lumina 3.1 V6 has problems starting, if i press down on the gas pedal while turning the key the car will kick over, but sometimes I don't have that problem.

160

Asked by Feb 21, 2013 at 04:35 PM about the 1996 Chevrolet Lumina 4 Dr STD Sedan

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

31 Answers

...okay if you just turned the key, without even entering the vehicle, does it strart cold? or do you need to jockey the gas to get it to run, then does it want to keep running?

4 out of 4 people think this is helpful.
160

Sometimes it does start cold, but other times i have to compress the gas pedal a little for it to kick over. It does continue to run, but in idle at a stop light it can be a rough idle.

5 out of 5 people think this is helpful.

see michael clark, these kinda are "easy-flood" I believe the 96 still had the cable throttle, the heat riser and snail thermo-start. Should automatically select where it wants to be for optimum starting, and not need no jockeyin' Just can't remember anymore what these things look like, 96 is still old-school- infused with a japanese competition-

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.

So it's kinda chokey, till it warms up to operating temperature, or especially then?

160

yeah that's right. Once warm it runs perfect. I recently replaced the starter because the starter did need replacing, but after a bit this started happening and I thought the starter might be acting up.

3 out of 3 people think this is helpful.
160

SO you are saying that the Throttle body injection is the part that needs replaced or the system that needs inspecting?

3 out of 3 people think this is helpful.

change your spark plugs?

2 out of 2 people think this is helpful.

What they look like may be the key to the operation of this motor.

160

ok.

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.

Black and carbony? wet and oily? light brown? black? moist black? white? kinda sand colored is about what we are looking for with plenty of meat above the insulator, and gapped properly for the voltage- Don't use platinum plugs, they bugger up and don't clean very easy.

...all the same, may as well toss in a fresh set, they're a couple of bucks each for champions (my favorite brand, if they still make 'em). analysis report awaits-----

How many miles has this motor successfully turned?

160

243,000 plus

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.

zazoo surprised it runs...still^^

the plugs are sludgey?

puffin' with the blues yet?

160

what does that mean?

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.

sorry there, got befrazzled as was tryin' to work two of you's at once. drat.

Talking about the exhaust. was it like being trapped in a closet with a stoner smokin' a bong, or was it normal exhaust, havin' so many miles on it. is bound to be smokey like drivin' behind any diesel mercedes.

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.

As far as the throttle body remember these, I think is a single injector in the middle of the throat, not sure if it's like the jetronic system for enriching the cold mix-

160

no the engine runs fine. There is no smoke or emissions that are heavy.

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.

So were your plugs covered in muck, or did they have a mild sand on them?

I've upped your score because you've been co-operative.

I think it's going to be alright. You're just sufferin' from a worn motor that works okay yet. Count your blessings~

160

The spark plugs were a bit dirty with firing film on them. I have three on front side and three on back side of engine.

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.

lookin' good!

gapped them correctly. old school was .024 ford got up to .060 a number like .035 would do nicely.

should say on the cowl on the front of the engine.

please put a picture as your avatar. Your car or your drivers license photo?....or your dream car.

okay michael...it's taken a lot of time, but I think I know what the problem is~ is the intake air temperature sensor....would make it rich...annoyingly rich~ http://www.autopartswarehouse.com/sku/Chevrolet/Lumina/AC_Delco/IAT_ Sensor/1996/AC213243.html? apwcid=productads&003=27846857&010=apwAC2132431996chluiase& gclid=CIiU0JmF_bsCFY47Mgodo1EAJA

2 out of 2 people think this is helpful.

or lean...see this goodie is like a light bulb filament which behaves differently under certain temperatures...you could unplug it and inspect the filament to see if it's broken...that'd cost nothing~

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

Lumina

Looking for a Used Lumina in your area?

CarGurus has 231 nationwide Lumina listings and the tools to find you a great deal.

ZIP:

Search Chevrolet Lumina Questions

UK Questions

Are you a UK consumer? CarGurus now has a discussion forum in the UK.

Chevrolet Lumina Experts

#1 Justin Hatfield
Justin Hatfield
Reputation 1,180
#2 90V6RedHotLuminaEuro
90V6RedHotLuminaEuro
Reputation 1,170
#3 John Saffrahn
John Saffrahn
Reputation 1,030
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Chevrolet Impala
954 Great Deals out of 35,425 listings starting at $1,700
Used Chevrolet Malibu
1,182 Great Deals out of 83,203 listings starting at $1,800
Used Chevrolet Monte Carlo
21 Great Deals out of 1,687 listings starting at $2,491
Used Toyota Camry
1,237 Great Deals out of 97,273 listings starting at $1,250
Used Buick Regal
148 Great Deals out of 11,670 listings starting at $1,450
Used Honda Accord
1,009 Great Deals out of 75,625 listings starting at $899
Used Chevrolet Camaro
433 Great Deals out of 40,831 listings starting at $3,500
Used Ford Taurus
327 Great Deals out of 21,199 listings starting at $1,800
Used Pontiac Grand Prix
24 Great Deals out of 3,722 listings starting at $879
Used Buick LeSabre
12 Great Deals out of 2,261 listings starting at $1,299
Used Chevrolet Tahoe
871 Great Deals out of 28,110 listings starting at $1,700