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1995 Chevrolet Impala SS Question: REPAIR COST

 

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janetrhodes67, Chattanooga, TN, February 13, 2009, 19:01
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MY CAR STARTED LOSING POWER YESTERDAY,I TOOK IT TO THE DEALER TODAY AND THEY TOLD ME IT WAS A PISTON AND IT WOULD BE UPWARDS OF $2500.00 TO REPAIR.I HAVE ALWAYS HAD REGULAR MAINTENANCE ON THE CAR AND IT ONLY HAS 61000 MILES ON IT.COULD THAT BE WHAT THE PROBLEM IS AND IF IT IS,IS THE ESTIMATE FAIR. THANK YOU

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    Bret Bodas from RepairPal Test Shop, February 14, 2009, 17:02
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    Hi Janet,
    Did they say what is wrong with the piston or what may have caused the problem?
    If they can't answer these questions, then you might consider a getting second opinion.

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    March 31, 2009, 14:24
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    not sure if you have fixed your car yet but I had the same problem around the same mileage (actually 75,000). At first the Chevy dealer told me it was a dead cylinder, then it was spark plugs and wires, then it was fuel induction cleaning was needed. What it turned out to be was the electronic distributor had hairline cracks in it and was not firing properly. Still cost around $600 but was much cheaper than a dead cylinder. The distributor sits under the water pump and gets very hot, which causes very small hairline cracks in the distributor. When the slightest bit of water or moisture gets in there, it will make the car run rough. Hope that helps. Would be interested to know what they found out.

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