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I recently put a k n pod filter in my 95 Celica zr, the first day of driving it was great, next day whilst i was driving the engine died, and came back on a couple seconds later. I pulled over and the car wouldn't start for a couple minutes, and the engine bay smelt of heavy petrol. It eventually started with very low revs and i managed to get it going normal. It had been about a week of no issues, the occasional check engine light, and today after a bit of a long drive, it wouldnt start again, and the same situation happened.
The air temp sensor was moved to a different spot, that's my best best, but I wanna get some other thoughts on this cause im by no means a car expert.

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2 hours ago, Jree42 said:

The air temp sensor was moved to a different spot,

Hi Jayden and welcome to the forum.

Do you mean the MAF sensor was relocated. I'm guessing this is what you mean as this would be the only device in the air intake system. Was this a DIY install or did a shop do it for you ? 

The positioning of the MAF sensor is very important to getting an accurate measure of incoming air so the computer can calculate the correct amount of fuel. 
The MAF sensor measures air weight in grams per second and air temperature and if either of those two are off then the ECU may command a leaner or a richer mixture, which explains the heavy petrol smell.

I'm no tuning expert but, If it's possible to put the sensor back to it's original position that would most likely cure the issue unless there is some other underlying problem. But if it was fine before the pod install, then my best bet would be the MAF positioning.

Posting up some pics can help if that's possible. 

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'95 Celica ZR will be a 5SFE which means MAP, not MAF.  The intake air-temp sensor normally plugs in to the air filter housing but the location isn't _super_ critical as long as it is still connected (hell, I've had cars run with the sensor just dangling in the engine bay reading hot air).

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