Hey there - Not sure about the cooling off going up hill - Never thought to check for that. I'm going to look into that and the other things you suggested about the oil, etc. And get back to you. EGR - Now I know what THAT means. Oh, about being in neutral. When I do city driving I HAVE to put it in neutral when coming to a light or stop because if I don't, it'll come close to stalling and for sure will stall while sitting at a light without it being in neutral. In fact, not only does it HAVE to be in neutral while at a light, I have to press down the gas a tad to keep the idle up. Then, when the light changes, I have to put it in drive and slam down the gas almost to the floor to keep it from stalling. Once I get over that hump from stoping to moving, it's nice. Just like the way it used to be. Talk to you soon! - Kelly[/quote:f24ede6058]
Okay - I have lots of information for you about the car!
Number One: The oil is black. Very black. Not chocolate-milky nor clear. Just plain black! The only time the exhaust looks smokey is if I spill some when I put oil in it. However, since this mess started some months ago, I really haven't seen the oil loss like I used to.
Number Two: Gas mileage is not so good anymore. Was 25-30 mpg before it broke on that drive, now its less I would say a good 5-7 miles per gallon less.
Number Three: It does NOT seem to cool off going up hill. It's just as I said it was before.
Number Four: If I have drive below 40-45 miles per hour, it really is very, very, rough. Once I get it over 40-45, smooooth sailing.
Number Five: Here is what the invoices say for the work that was done:
After it started acting up on my road trip, it was towed to Saturn in Waco and this is what they did:
"Tech Replaced the fuel pump, fuel filter, PCM temp sensor & Connector."
Then, when I got the car back, it still drove really bad as I described and I took it to someone I would say is a really good mechanic. This is what he wrote:
"Check Loss of Power, Hesitates on Acell, Dies @ Stop -- Compression Test, #4 Cylinder No Compression. (Advised customer)
Okay - There are all the facts! So, is it the 4th cylinder that's actually bad or could it be that something else is wrong causing the "no compression?" Bad cylinder is what's causing it to drive so poorly under 45mph? If you think it may be something else, please be specific about what I should ask them to check out. By the way, if any of the stuff you suggest are REALLY expensive and you don't think it'll be worth it with this many miles, let me know.I can take it.I'll be strong and I'll try to cry!
After all is said and done, I'll be sure to say great things about you people on here! Thanks so much. Again and again.- Kelly
Tuesday, January 17th, 2006 AT 2:14 PM