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Thread: Ignition abruptly retards then advances under part throttle.

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    Ignition abruptly retards then advances under part throttle.

    I've been trying to figure this issue out for the past few months and keep coming up short. I have a 2008 Chevy Colorado 3.7L i5 and every once in a while, under part throttle, the ignition retards to the extreme then goes back to the desired advance for a split second then retards again. This continues until I shut the engine off and restart it but sometimes it takes a few restarts to get it back to normal operation. I replaced the exhaust cam actuator solenoid thinking that was the cause but it was not. The problem with this is that it happens randomly and the chances of catching it on my scanner are slim. Your thoughts are much appreciated!

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    Could this be a bad ground or bcm? My PCM was replaced around 30k miles due to a broken pin on the connector. I was thinking it might be a bad injector because I ran e85 on the stock injectors causing the IDC to go to about 130%. I had a p0300 code a few times but I only notice a a misfire under 2000 rpm's in park or neutral. The truck runs normal and has full power most of the time but it's these random moments that it acts goofy.

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    Senior Tuner
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Quote Originally Posted by erictuner View Post
    I think its about the wiring of your ignition or the acceleration. Did you check some of the engine parts it might be one of them. I suggest you go to the auto shop and let them check your ride, it will be a good decision if you just let them fix it for you if you are not sure with what you are doing or what you will do.
    Thanx for the tips troll bot


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    Join Date
    Nov 2002
    Central Florida
    Look at ECT and IAT sensors which index some spark tables.
    Flaky connectors can act like this.

    Log all of your spark retard and advance component PIDs
    and you can see which one was pulling. If you see indicated
    timing pull back and none of the sub-components matches,
    you might be seeing just bogus frame data. If the motor
    follows (jerks?) though then it's real.