Three issues : Check engine light on ( recurring problem); whurring (like off-balance fan) noise when first running. Most resent violent loss of power - the whole car shakes the engine "stops" and then violently kicks back in. Worse at 40 - 45 MPH.
Frist mecahnic replaced tempertur sending unitl and thermostat.
Dealer says that fex plate must have lost teeth so it is not engaging propery with the crank shaft. Says it is not worth fixing given the age of the car.
Help!!! I can't afford a new car. Any thoughts would be helpful.