Engine oil leaks may develop from the valve cover gaskets. This type of leak is most associated with a burning type smell from the engine area.
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The accumulation of moisture at major connectors and control units can cause various ABS/PDAS faults due to corrosion.
A small leak in the coolant reservoir can cause persistent coolant loss. To ensure engine longevity, coolant loss and overheating issues need to be resolved. Out technicians tell us the proper coolant fill procedure must be followed when refiling the cooling system.
An internal transmission problem can cause difficulty engaging or downshifting from second gear. Improved parts are available as of the 1997 model year.
Cam tensioner/cam timing issues can cause the Check Engine Light to illuminate.
A abnormal noise may be noted from the differential due to a ring gear/pinion failure.
An accumulation of small air leaks at various locations around the intake manifold/intercooler area can cause performance problems.
An external fluid leak may develop at the pressure switch; fluid will be evident in the trunk and the reservoir level will drop.
The hydraulic pump relay can fail, causing the pump to run continuously, which leads to hydraulic pump failure due to overheating. Incorrect pressures will cause a low brake pedal or a high pedal effort with the possibility of other strange symptoms.
Pay close attention to warning lights and have the brakes inspected regularly—immediately address any brake problems. Hard driving habits will cause excessive brake pad and rotor wear. Aged brake fluid can cause numerous problems, including "waxy" buildup visible in the reservoir, so replace the brake fluid regularly. Special procedures are required to bleed/flush ABS pump.
Engine issues related to valve guide wear are common. Oil consumption, smoking at first startup, and valve train noise are all symptomatic of loose guides and worn valve stems. The valve train is complex and should be thoroughly inspected if a problem arises. Worn turbocharger bearings can also be a component in engine oil consumption.
Over time, the engine can leak oil at various locations. Early-production vehicles require engine disassembly and modification to resolve leaks at the cylinder heads, oil return tubes, valve covers, timing covers, chain housings, case through bolts, and lines to/from the oil cooler.
Pay close attention to secondary ignition system components (distributor caps, rotors, cables, and connectors).