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Sounds like you need lessons on how to drive a stick shift. But even tough you have trouble shifting the engine service light shouldn't come on. I am not sure if the engine light would come on if you got the RPMs too high while shifting. good luck

New Answer HeadlineThe service engine soon light is on because your camaro is misfiring. The 3800 series v6 is known to misfire because of bad bad spark plug wire placement. They come over the engine block and behind. They are placed just above the exhaust headers causing them to burn out quickly, which then causes your spark plugs to go bad, and bad spark plugs cause a bad catalytic converter. What you need to do is tune up the car as soon as possible before you blow that converter. Change the spark plugs, plug wires, and fuel filter. I suggest getting high performance plugs and wires as well because they withstand the heat better. If the engine light is still on, replace the ignition coil pack, because those might be burnt out too depending how long the misfiring was occuring. If it's still misfiring, bad fuel injectors are the last thing needing to be replaced. If all that fails, you might have a dead piston. AnswerCheck your codes, you probably have a misfire. AnswerMy 2000 Camaro 3.8 V6 is doing the EXACT same thing at the moment. The code will say Multiple Cylinder Misfire. Adding engine carbon cleaner to the oil and the gas tank helps a lot, but check your EGR Valve, your Catalytic Converter (they replaced mine and it helped a lot), spark plugs and wires, and ignition coils. Even though i replaced ALL of those things, i still have this problem, its not NEAR as bad as it was, i think i need to add a little bit more carb cleaner to my gas tank. Hope it helps.

Put some platinum plugs in it. they are hard to change out and the wire ends tend to break so you might as well get some plug wires. Dont be cheap on the brand and wires. Adding fuel additives can help like{ tuneup in a bottle} its usually around 7 dollars and will claen the plugs ,valves,injectors and pistons. but a good tuneup will save you alot of money in the longrun in fuel and costly engine overhauls.

AnswerMy 99 Camaro v6 misfired and it was because I think was there was arcing between one of the wires towards the back somewhere. It cost me about 80 bucks to fix it at a licensed gm mechanic.

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I HAVE A 98 CAMARO THAT HAD THE SAME PROBLEM. ONLY THING IT WAS IS THE SPARK PLUG WIRES TUCHING THE EXAUST MANOFLED CHANGE THE WIRES AND PUT SOME BUT COVERS ON IT.

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