I am thinking about buying an Olds Alero 2000.... They told me the camshaft is bad and it needs replaced. Can you tell me if there are other solutions or problems? They also told me they have serviced this car at all times and they bought it new. Any information on the above question would be greatly appreciated.
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2000 Oldsmobile Alero
Question: Engine repair
Answer #1Superbob June 18, 2011, 10:59Master
Replacing the camshaft on a 4-cylinder is not a really big deal but could cost up to $1000, I guess. I'm including our estimator link for you, it may have that job listed.
Myself, I'd be hesitant to purchase a car with a damaged camshaft, partly because I don't like to buy other people's problems, and being a mechanic, I'd be worried about the metal flakes that have come off the camshaft and circulated through the oil pump and (hopefully not) passed through the oil filter. This could be very damaging to the rest of the engine, or at least the oil pump.
If the car has a damaged camshaft, it probably wouldn't pass emissions testing if it's required in your state and you wouldn't be able to register the car until it's fixed.
There is no other way to repair a camshaft except to replace it and the cam followers which contact the camshaft.
I flatly recommend not buying this car.
If you want to find a Olds specialist to check it out, here's our directory link for you: