I have two problems. I keep finding different/conflicting info so I'm posting here!
My car has been stalling while it idles and often not starting. Sometimes I wait a few minutes and it starts, but will not stay running. Haven't used it in two days because I don't want to mess anything up worse before I figure out whats wrong.
For the past several months, my cars RPMs seemed to be doing much more work than necessary. When I would stop or go from Drive to Park, the RPM gauge would go near 3000rpm and then down to 1000. Once the car warmed up it was generally much less noticeable.
Then two weeks ago it didnt start at all. It started with a jump (a couple times for 2 days) so I replaced the battery. That seemed to be ok and then a week later it wouldnt start again AND the RPM gauge was doing unusual stuff. Now it starts but stalls out and sometimes doesnt start at all.
Also, when I look inside the first (far left) spark plug well I can see there is oil in there. No oil in the other 3 plug wells.
I know I should replace the valve cover gasket, but is that going to fix the starting/idling problem? I am thinking of replacing the gaskets and plugs and wires but not sure if thats the only fix needed.
ALSO: an electrical problem started happening the same night the car really wouldnt start (2 days ago). Basically, my locks freak out and chatter. Sometimes just the lock on one door, sometimes 2, most of the time all four of them are fidgeting/chattering. They sound like they are trying to lock/unlock over and over again. And the lock and unlock buttons seem broken - like loose. No tension.
Would appreciate any advice/guidance for these problems. Mainly the engine problem. Thanks!
Tuesday, April 9th, 2013 AT 8:41 PM