You have a 13 year vehicle. I would start with a basic mechanical test. Check compression on all 4 cylinders. If compression is within 20% of each other then you have a mechanically sound engine. Then look closely at the spark plugs. Number 3 cylinder is the supposed problem cylinder. I would look at the plugs, wires and coil. There's a possibility an injector might have a problem also. Good luck
Thank you for your information. That is what I thought, start big then work your way down. See that is not what the repair job did. What is your back ground in auto mechanics? I might use your information when I file my small claims against the place, if that is alright? Can you send this information to my email address? Actually I would like to speak to you about my incident to see your thoughts and to see if you might be willing to give me a written summary. Thanks
You may want to be careful before proceeding with small claims court. There are MANY variables to the equation. It depends on what they sold you and why. If you still are having issues with the vehicle let me know.
the car won't run, its shot, needs $2254.00 worth of work now. I can't even drive it, and drove it in there with no problem. It was hesitating, check engine light was on. Now it won't run, smokes from the engine and smells
Did they tell you why? Possible you have a valetrain problem and/or headgasket. If it had a misfiring plug or coil that hole could have been masked from smoke or other problems. The minute they replace the plug or coil that hole would then smoke and it would amplify the problem. $2254 would be in the ball park for either a cylinder head removal (might be a little high) or a used motor replacement. If the rest of the car is in relatively good condition it may still be worth considering repairs. $2500 will not replace your car with a new car and you may just end up buying the same problems on a differnt high mileage used car. I have a very good reputation at my shop and would happily take a look for you. We can assess the damage, the car, and decide if it's worth repairs.