In the last 4 months I've got a new alternator, serpentine belt, head gasket, cooling system work, brake controllers, tune up, water pump, thermostat, and a LOT of other mechical [not system] work. Also O2 regulator [I think it was upstream - he said it was the cheaper of the 2 to replace]. Oil pan too.
Its a 97 Cavalier, frontwheel drive 2 door automatic. 203K on the car.
NOW it doesn't like to go past 80 unless I floor it, loss of power on incline, a/c doesn't blow very cold. If I start it after driving it at all [within the last 15 mins or so] it starts HOT - almost at or near the red zone. Its running rough, but only in first or second. When I go over railroad tracks the steering wheel rattles a lot and makes a metallic noise. It starts great, brakes well. No engine codes [a buddy checked it for me], no check engine light. When I'm driving below 60 I can feel every little bump in the road. Gas mileage is still awesome [probably why I still have the bloody thing].
When it is running hot when I first start it after letting it sit for a bit, if I drive right away the temp drops quick on the guage. I'm almost scared to let it sit idle to see what will happen.
Ideas? Suggestions? Thanks for the help, its bizarre - dropped more $ into the car then it is worth and now it is acting up again! [Now I'm stubborn and want to get some more use out of it!]
have the same problem?
Monday, July 17th, 2006 AT 1:18 PM