1988 Dodge Omni Stalls at Stop lights

Tiny
RANKCHIMP
  • 1988 DODGE OMNI

1988 Dodge Omni 4 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic 85,000 miles

My vehicle very recently has started to stall at stop lights, and signs, once or twice as I go around a corner at slow speed. If the car stalls it used to start right back up, now if it stalls it is more difficult to start up. I have recently replaced the pcv valve and all of the tubes that lead from the carberator to the valve and the elbow from that cam cover to the pcv valve- the tubes were brittle and broke when I was trying to check the valve. It seems to work better when it hasn't been used for the weekend, or if it is started ahead of time and let to "warm up". I was told by a mechanic to use carborater/fuel injector cleaner in my gas tank and to clean the carorator my self. Other problems with the car (listed in case they might help dtermine the probelm.) I have an oil leak coming from the oil pan seal, the exhaust is broken before it reaches the muffler but is patched more or less sufficiently. If there is a good likely hood for the culprit or even a good method in which to check the vehicle any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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Sunday, November 30th, 2008 AT 1:50 PM

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Tiny
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Hi:
Has a check engine light come on? Have you replaced all of the vacuum lines? Listen to the engine to see if you hear a hissing. Also, you may want to check fuel pump pressure to make sure there isn't a problem there.

Let me know what you find.

Joe

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Thursday, March 5th, 2009 AT 7:48 PM
Tiny
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I had a 82 omni that did the same thing. There was also a "gap" in acceleration from 1/4 to 3/4 gas pedal press. Either I was crawling along or flooring it to get anywhere. I found that as a work around, when I could not accelerate to keep the car running, to treat it like a manual transmission by putting it in neutral and keeping the gas flowing to keep it car running. Didnt always work, but it kept me mobile. There were a few vaccume lines that were severed, with screws into the ends to keep pressure, I guess. I used fuel cleaner every other tank, and tried to adjust the idle speed. No good. My check engine light wasnt on, and eventually, one day, it refused to turn over. I ended up having to scrap it, no one could figure it out. I hope you have better luck, and am curious if you discover the answer to the problem.

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Monday, August 10th, 2009 AT 1:52 AM

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