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so mechanic keeps trying to fix it.. my car is 183,000 miles is there something i need to replace at this point because of it's age?
Mechanic said that oil was leaking into the coils?? It runs great as long as you have your foot on the gas, but let it idle or coast and it shakes hard- the RPM's shoot down then level back to normal then down again. This has been an ongoing problem- nothing has fixed it yet- it calms down for a while then after a month it goes back to shaking hard. At this point i want to start ruling easy things out myself that i can fix at home. He said something about he hoped the oil did not ruin the coils, but to be honest he couldn't look me in the eye when he spoke to me (possibly from exhaustion it is HOT here in Florida)
but i looked under the hood and i saw a spray pattern that looked like it hit the power brake booster or came from it and im a little confused... wish i could post a picture to show you. but if the seal was leaking oil, this was not an oil spray- it was more like the residue from the antifreeze kinda like when my radiator blew - that kind of lightly greasy residue.. ok i know i went all over the place here. HELP!
In 2013 I purchased a 2001 solara, with almost 200k miles - CASH - 6k. - i face palm every time i think about it still... ok and not 90 days later! slowly but surly my car is falling apart. --- still not fixed - almost 2 years now with no answers from anyone! and a freaking blinking light!!! ahhhhgh!!!
-Alright, so it all started with the CEL. check the P code - evap purge charcol canister ( an every auto place calls it something different - that was great !! ) so first, I checked all caps under the hood and replaced the gas cap on my car 3!!!! times!!!!!! and its still jsut blinking away at me
Then went to THE SAME CAR DEALER ( face palm ), where i bought the lemon!! looking for my evap purge valve - spoke to 2 parts managers and a technician, no one knew what i was talking about - they didnt even want to help me the first time I called to speak to someont to insure they had what i needed before i drove in my lemon to them to get this stupid e vap canister. Then, no one could find it - had to buy 3 different parts at 2 different part stores. not to mention UBER around while my car sat at the shop --- 2 times !!!!! just to replace the purge valve. - then!!!! after the purge valve was changed, the CEL was still on!
they said come back to clear the codes, and drive around for a little bit. So I filled the tank full of gas 2 times and the CEL is still there - BACK TO THE SHOP - double checked the work, CEL cleared again. And was told to drive it around again!!!!
--- all i could think is im doing all this driving with the flashing check engine light, just to see if it will stop blinking at least - I just didnt think it was that smart. ---- any ways
mechanic said he didnt know what was going on. check back in 2 weeks and give mechanic update - well its still blinking!!!
OHHHH ALSO --- while i was there talking to the mechanic again about the " yet to be fixed car", he then says oh i noticed the rpm meter was fluctuating and we really should fix the timing belt- that might help with the issue your having all together, and would help with the age and milage of my car -
( at that time did say the timing belt would not fix the blinking check engine light ) --- but still another 500$. im so fed up with this car and just cant afford a new car payment.
At that time i told my mechanic ( who is new to me --- **Face Palm** ) about all the other issues that have occurred over the past 90 days. For example -
1) check engine light was blinking -- even before i got to the shop ---the whole time! ( after research found out could be my cats - pissed ** face-plam**) my car pulls after letting off the gas pedal ( off and on - a few times , one right after the other withing seconds ) if i apply a little gas it stops immediately ( 9 times out of 10 )
2)when driving on a coast sometime ( always when it rains ) my car will almost whistle ??? low pitch kind of moan?
3) key fob no longer works right - sometimes it will beep sometimes it doesn't - and door lock is all the sudden sicking all the time. And if i don't manually lock the driver door, the key fob will not activate the lock or unlock functions.
4) sometimes when pressing on the break pedal ( off and on ) i will hear a click from my foot- i used to think it was my floor mat maybe rubbing or something - then i threw away my floor mats ... still happening.
5) first thing in the morning, only for a few moments - i feel my car wobble and i feel like its coming from the steering wheel. I feel like after the car warms up it goes away. ( only in the mornings )
6) then car will shake at high mph about 50-60 --- im to scared to drive on the freeway. Also the car will wobble again when i push on the breaks. slow stop or fast stop.
7) Sometimes if im driving and pull up to a red light that changes to green while actively slowing down, then switch to gas ( if i dont give it at least 3 seconds ) the car almost jumps ( maybe forward ) makes this horrible thump sound. --- i have balanced the tires 2 times - and even replaced them. I removed my break pads and check on the rims and roters to make sure nothing was warped or wobbly. --- oh and im in az so i get 130 mph tires for the heat care.
8) then sometimes, while driving ( any time - off and on ) i think they car delays to shift from 1st to 2nd then 2nd to 3rd - almost a forward jump again. And of course the thump to follow.
9) Off and on the car will idle rough, almost died on me a few times at a red light.
AND Last but not Least: 10) Im almost positive! all of this is effecting my MPG. and the ac was amazing when i got it and now - takes forever to get cold! And if im thinking about it, i can feel the air get warm just a tiny tiny bit off and on.
This car was supposed to be a safe purchase. And now this car is doing nothing but holding me back.
I saw a spark when I touched a screwdriver down my window switch on what looked like a circuit board. Now my front windows are stuck up, back windows stuck down, top stuck up, and my electric drivers seat won't budge either. It's bad because it rains almost every day in Florida and my interior is eating it. Plus want to sell it but who wants a convertible that won't work???!!!
It will try to start but will not turn over. Battery is okay! Fuel pump is coming on, it‘s like it isn't getting fuel!
I had a garage check out the AC system about 2 weeks ago. They said it has plenty of Freon, and has no leaks in the system. Since this was serviced, it has been cooling, but when it gets warmer outside, after awhile, it tends to slowly, stop cooling and then eventually, stops cooling altogether.
The people at the garage said this could be do to a hatch sticking when I change the air flow direction. However, I have left it on the upper dash level and have not changed the setting. Just as before, today, it began to slowly, stop cooling and then it eventually stopped cooling. Have any idea of what could cause this intermittent problem?
I had same codes 2 years ago and bought brand new canister over $300. Now its the same issue of need smog but light on. Didn't have the code p0446. Is this normal? Does hold star shops do a free diagnostic? I recall theechani said it was some wire that he rigged but said would need replacing.
It will open ok, and when I try to close it, it will close about 99% and reopen.
I recently had new motor mounts and now there is more engine noise in the cabin of the car and some vibrations especially when idling in gear. I returned to mechanic and they changed the brand of motor mount to another but no improvement. Is this common or is there something not done propertly?
The 2.2 engine spun a rod bearing. I found an exact replacement with 100 miles. I swapped the engines out. 1st time the convertor slipped out of the Trans. I pulled the motor back out and corrected the convertor. Everything mounted and wired but the transmission will not load up into gear?? Neutral safety was working before echange. Ideas? Did I hurt the convertor 1st time? Is possible electrical?
I was told something may have fallen out from inside my glove box behind my dash or I need change out my cabin air filter. I just recently learned my make and year for my solara is not equipped with an air filter until 2002. Please and advise on how to fix this loud annoying humming noise. I can't use my AC, heater, or just the fan because of the loud embarrassing sound. Thanks.
We replaced the o2 senor and it stayed off for about 2 hrs or so then came back on and now it stays on is there any way to reset it or any ideas why it wont turn off.