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make sure the connections are tight where he installed the pushbutton start. just a though...what if a improper connection is causing bendix to not fully operate. doesn't hurt to double check the work. aside from that though, I agree with removing starter. id physically check it and teeth on flywheel. HTH...had to edit this. didn't realize you have new starter. ok did the scraping noise happen immediately after the new starter put in?
you can try doing a thermometer test for the catalytic converter (this may be the issue). get an infrared thermometer (from harborfreight or the like), check temp before and after the cat. the temp at end should be hotter than at the beginning of cat. maybe 100 degrees or so. do this once the car is hot. Ive seen the cats on tauruses fail often. just something to check that wont cost a lot to do. and make sure the o2 sensor connectors are good n tight and cleaned (connection side). HTH
Hopefully everyone had a wonderful day/vacation. In regards to "fuel in oil", try looking into the fuel injectors. It is possible that they are leaking.
Have it smoke tested for vacuum leaKS. also can be caused by "soft" hoses that aren't "leaking: but are collapsing which will "choke" the engine. pcv hose,etc.
Cam timing is very good answer. Can cause plugs to get wet due to not firing in correct order. Compression check after that won't hurt.
I agree with other responses but would add that sometimes a bill has more than 1 item. there are some shops that will drain and dispose of all the gas in the vehicle, therefore will need more gas put back in after the repair. Also, will need fuel filter replacement that doesn't come with fuel pump. Most shops have a markup on parts. I'm not saying it would be $1000...but may be close depending on labor rate, labor rate markup on some systems, quality of part (dealer or not),etc. I suggest making sure you have discussed the bill so that you are 100% clear on what is being covered. If you are comfortable with that shop and trust them, then take that into consideration. They may also have online cojupons you can benefit from. Also ask about "Easy Approval Financing" for all of your auto repair. You can spread the bill out over 6 months or so to make it more affordable!
The findings may be accurate. A smoke test is definitely a viable test of which not all shops have the capability to perform due to lack of the equipment. If you're unsure of the diagnosis or don't feel comfortable, you can always get a second diagnosis at another shop. Also, as suggested before, provide the check engine light codes to get steered in the right direction. Keep in mind the "steering" doesn't bypass a thorough diagnosis, but it may alleviate some of your concerns. Also ask about "Easy Approval Financing" for all of your auto repair. You can spread the bill out over 6 months or so to make it more affordable!
You can heck for up to date recalls by calling the local Honda dealer, ask for service departmentn give them complete vin#....voila! Ask about "Easy Approval Financing" for all car repairs!
Engine replacement labor can vary from shop to shop. Also will depend on actual engine size,etc. Ask about Easy Approval Financing options to help with the costs!
The correct answer is a disappointing one. You not only need to have gas tank cleaned but also:fuel lines,fuel pump, fuel filter, fuel injectors,catalytic converter,possible o2 sensors,internal engine damage possible,etc. Basically any and everything that your fuel system touches will need attention whether it be right away or in the near future. Broad picture:fuel flows from tank to injectors down into engine onto valves,etc and burn off goes through catalytic converter. As for cost, it really depends on just how much you want to fix right at the moment Ex:just empty tank and change fuel filter and hope for the best. Hope this all works out for your best interest.