1995 Mazda Protege
My car was running fine, then one day it started sputtering while driving, mostly when I accelerated. It stalled and I could not get it started. This happened on a day when it was raining hard, but not sure that had anything to do with it. A few days later when I went to pick the car up it started right up, it had stopped raining and been dry for 2 days prior. But about a mile into the drive back home it stalled and I could not get it started.
Here is what I have tested so far.
- put in new fuel filter.
- tested the fuel pressure and pressure regulator
- tested the injectors with a noid light.
- tested that the spark plugs were producing a spark.
After I pulled the plugs and cleaned and dried them (they were wet with gas) the car started, but I think not because of anything really related to the plugs. What I’ve noticed is that when cranking the engine if I give it gas it will not start but if I keep off the throttle it will reluctantly start. But once it starts the idle is smooth and as it should be. Then if I give it any gas it immediately stalls. It seems to me given these symptoms that it is getting enough air to idle but not enough air to match the increased gas.
The only CEL code that I’m getting (which I had before this issue occurred) is the “closed throttle position switch” (I forget the number).
If it was an MAF, or IAC, or EGR issue would I not get a code?
Anyway, can anyone give me advice on what this could be and how to test it. Again my guess is its an air intake issue but not sure where.