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Old 01-05-2012, 03:17 AM   #1
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I have been having misfirings with my car, it shakes when I start it(only for a little bit then it stops) also today I went to turn it on and it would start then slowly die down till the engine shut off, it seemed as if it's not getting enough spark. I'm thinking it's spark plugs or something to do with the coil pack. I had to give it gas to start it while I turned it on, I reved it afterwards and my exhaust was making a crackle noise. I have a stock exhaust so I'm not sure why, it sounded cool but I'm not sure thats a good thing. I need a 02 sensor(bank 2) I know that for sure. Any other help would be greatly appreciated!!!
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Check altinator, battery terminals, spark plugs, could even be a vacuum leak so check if all your hoses are connected.... injectors might have a little build up aswell... if all that fails you could have a fuel pump problem
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My alternator squeaks really bad at times and I also had a code for the evaporative emissions valve system which I haven't got time to fix yet. And I am leaking oil, not sure where it's coming from.
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Pray you don't have a cracked block :/ but might need a new head gasket depending on the spot of the leak. Advanced Auto Parts will check your alternater for free...
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Re: Problems

start saving for a new one
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Old 01-05-2012, 12:42 PM   #6
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More than likely what do you think my engine starting problem is? Would it have anything to do with my oil leak?
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Oil leak unrelated unless so much it's causing electrical problems. Fix what you're sure of. If O2 problem, computer may compensate for bad info, worsening the effect. I would evaluate entire vehicle and make sure it's worth saving. I've replaced engines in cars that i liked and overall condition warranted. I've junked some that were needing to much to be a deal.
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You think that the vehicle may not be worth keeping?
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Can't say without much more info. Just an oil leak can be a loose piece or catastrophic failure. If you do it yourself cost difference alone can be determining factor.
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Would it come up on a diagnostic machine where the leak is coming from?
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If it's affecting the way something works, yes. IMO a computer diagnostic is some of the best money you can spend if it saves you a lot of diagnostic part-changing. If a shop tells you what's wrong you can still fix yourself. Before i had much experience i had 76 volare that I changed many, many parts on. I had old dist cap that I used. Still no good. Took to shop. Mech calls and says dist cap, $60. I said go ahead. Figured he'd see his error. he called again and said needs timing adjusted, $60. To turn dist? I told him he was done, grabbed my timing light and went. Paid him. Started car. Knew I was right. Adjusted timing. Ran like a dream. Best $100 I ever spent.
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So I would be best off getting it to a shop and running it through a diagnostic machine before I replace stuff that I'm not sure is causing a problem..
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I think so. Replacing parts can get pricey & then you have a bucket full of good(?) used parts. If it cranks it's not battery and i would rule out charging, cooling systems. Get a manual & get troubleshooting.
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