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I am interested in purchasing a 2007 STS with with the 3.6L engine and about 75,000 miles on it. However, I am concerned about all this issues I have been reading about with regard to high oil consumption and the timing chain stretching. The car even has a special GM warranty whereby GM will replace a defective timing chain within 10 years or 120,000 miles, whichever occurs first. Based on what I've read, this timing chain failure is inevitable. Any thoughts on buying a car like this or should I just pass?
I am replacing the Neutral Safety switch, but there is a little study sticking up that helps to hold on the switch. The problem is the stud goes through a hole in the switch and there is a metal bar directly over the switch. In short, I can't get the old switch out because this bar won't let me lift the switch off the hole. What do I do?
When I turn the key to start the car, all I get is single loud "click". Like hitting a hammer (not too hard) on a metal pipe. This happened all of sudden with no prior issues at all. The battery is fully charged. The starter relay is good - when I pulled it out I didn't get a click. The dash lights come on and go off when I try to start the car. I read that the check engine light should come on if the computer is okay - no issues there. I checked all the wires going to the starter, including the ground wire - they are all secure with no visible cracks or other issues. When I listen under the hood, the loud click seems to be coming from the starter itself or maybe even below it? Is it the starter? I've never seen a starter just suddenly fail without warning before?
Wheels seem to wobble when driving at certain speeds, but the wobble is more pronounced when stopping. Is it a safety issue?
My daughter has a 2002 Ford Focus hatchback. The car thumps a little bit when driving, but you can mostly feel it through the brake pedal. My wife describes as if the car has square wheels. My daughter often hits potholes pretty hard. The tire is a Goodyear Eagle GT. There is a very fine hairline crack for about 1/3 of the tire on the sidewall close to the tread. I don't think it's wheel balance - just doesn't feel like that to me. I'm thinking the tire belt may be damaged. I have 2 questions: (1) does my diagnosis sound correct and (2)is the tire safe or should it be replaced?
There is a bar going to the neutral safety switch, but I don't see any bolt. Does it just "pop-off" by lifting upwards?
It seems very sensitive to how hard you push in the key. My wife almost never has a problem and I always have a problem. We've had the car since new and this has never been a problem until about 3 months ago.