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11/23/2008 06:03:10 PM · #1
I hope someone can help me a little. I have an 01 Chevy Lumina (car) and have been fighting with trying to put a new battery in it all afternoon. It enrages me to see how the newer the car, the more crap they shove into it, and make the spaces smaller to shove it all into! Anyways, after taking off a metal brace that ran across it, the washer fluid resevoir that sits on top of it, I pulled the bolt and bracket holding the bottom edge of the battery down, (God forbid I ever have to hook jumper cables up to this thing!), and got the side posts off, the battery would not come out without moving this big black plastic thing, which looked pretty simple, it just had a large hose clamp on it. Now, I have the new battery in and hooked up, but I can't get the big black thing reconnected. I think it maybe has the air filter or something in it? This thing is maybe a bit smaller than a gallon plastic jub, and it connects to a rubber like square hose that runs into the top of the engine (I believe where the fuel injection block is). I can't get it to go together (for now) and I have run out of light, temperature, and patience for now. The car starts, and runs, my question is, can I drive it in this state (I have to work in the morning and deliver mail in the car all afternoon) without any ramifications until I can get it all back together?
11/23/2008 06:09:33 PM · #2
Sounds like the cold air intake. Um, probably could run the car with it loose. I wouldn't do it for very long as all the gunk in the air will eventually clog the engine. Sounds odd that it won't just drop back into place.
11/23/2008 06:09:57 PM · #3
well...if it is the hose to the air filter, and air is not being filtered, you will be sucking dust and dirt directly into the engine..IE: BAD FOR YOUR ENGINE. Locked up engine, etc.
11/23/2008 06:12:12 PM · #4
If you are not driving on a dusty road, just city, you should be able to drive it. It might cause a check engine light to come on, but Auto Zone can clear it. If you are just having trouble getting the hose connected back to the black plastic thing, use a light coating of engine oil from the dip stick to lubricate the hose and then try sliding it back on. (Or windshield washer solvent.)
If you want, send me a picture...hubby is an auto tech and the dictator of this information! :P Good luck! Post if you get it fixed.
11/23/2008 06:20:29 PM · #5
thanks for the responses, there is another like wire filter inside the hose that goes to the engine. It's not like just a regular rubber air hose. This is kind of large, like 4 or 5 in., and a square metal piece, and it's like a bellows type of hose (but square).

Yeah, I do realize that it will let dirt in, and this is not good, but I really can't afford to call in tommorrow, but I don't think I can do anymore really tonight.
11/23/2008 06:44:13 PM · #6
Originally posted by dacrazyrn:

well...if it is the hose to the air filter, and air is not being filtered, you will be sucking dust and dirt directly into the engine..IE: BAD FOR YOUR ENGINE. Locked up engine, etc.


If it is the air filter make sure it properly seated any dirt in the engine definitely means trouble. Don't forget that keeping the filter clean will increase your mpg.
11/23/2008 07:07:36 PM · #7
Originally posted by taterbug:

thanks for the responses, there is another like wire filter inside the hose that goes to the engine. It's not like just a regular rubber air hose. This is kind of large, like 4 or 5 in., and a square metal piece, and it's like a bellows type of hose (but square).

Yeah, I do realize that it will let dirt in, and this is not good, but I really can't afford to call in tommorrow, but I don't think I can do anymore really tonight.


thats your maf, mass air flow sensor. it measures the air going into your engine and adjust the fuel mixture accordingly. you dont want to get that dirty.
11/24/2008 05:44:14 AM · #8
If this is an air intake you can make an jurry rigged filter to drive this to the shop or until you fix it yourself. (22 years as an Army Mechanic makes you a jurry rig expert) IF and that is capitalized for a reason, IF YOU CAN DO THIS WITHOUT THE POSSIBILITY OF IT BEING SUCKED INTO THE ENGINE, ie, metal screen in the hose before it enters the engine. You can use one of the Swifer Sweeper cloths, then above that some pantyhose and another swifer. It could at least help in keeping anything big from getting in and damaging cylinder walls. When I say big I am talking about MICRO millimeters.
11/24/2008 09:04:06 AM · #9
You can Chachi it together for a day, but you don't want to leave it with no air filter
11/24/2008 10:02:22 AM · #10
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Yes. You can run it that way. The MAF (Mass Air Flow Sensor) is mounted up at the throttle body, and the only thing that may be affected is the intake air temperature sensor, which is mounted in the accordion bellows. The upper part of the air cleaner and bellows do not have to be on there to drive it, but pull the intake temp sensor out of the bellows and you can leave it dangling (connected to the electrical connector) for purposes of driving it today. Just make sure you don't leave anything loose in the area, like a rag or paper towels, as they can get sucked up into the throttle body (where the butterfly is that is attached to the accelerator cable).

ETA: If you do ever have to jump start it, there is a Positive remote connection as shown under that red cap. Hook your red side (+) of the jumper cable to it and the black side (-) to a good solid chunk of metal under the hood or on the engine block.

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11/24/2008 10:13:42 AM · #11
This is why I don't do any work on my vehicles anymore.
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