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Old 08-14-2000, 06:48 AM   #1
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I love the car so far, but it's got a few annoying and possibly troublesome things i need your help to diagnose.

First is the Check Engine light. This thing started coming on the day after i bought it. It comes on for a while, then goes away, then might come back. If it stays for a long time, and i park and idle, the engine runs between 1500-2000 RPM and usually is hard to start the next time. I'll get the codes checked today if i can.

Drivetrain motion at slow speeds when turning. This is slightly stranger because everything is fine at speed but it feels like something is slipping or spinning when i turn at low speed and accelerate, coasting is fine.

I'm wondering if the shop that installed the new wheel bearing could have reinstalled the CV shaft incorrectly?

Any help would be much appreciated!
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Old 08-14-2000, 03:03 PM   #2
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Dave, I'm going to take a stab at the first one and say it's the water temp sensor. It is quite common for them to go bad. They will cause all kinds of starting problems, and if the temp sensor tells the ECU that the engine is cold, you will get a "cold" idle. I've already "fixed" a bad temp sensor but for the price and hassle to get them in and out, I'd just get a new one. The code will tell you for sure though as it could be a number of different things.

The second problem I'm not real familiar with since I don't bother with the autos too much. Maybe someone else could shed some light on the subject. One thing is for sure, if you didn't get the tranny flushed yet, do it ASAP. I'm not saying it is a cure all, but you wouldn't believe what 100 percent band new fluid can do for a tranny.

The first car we ever did a flush on was my wife's 87 GL 4WD and it was known already that the tranny was just about shot( could barely be driven), but the guy selling the flush machine to us insisted that we give it a try. To everyone's surprise, a few THOUSAND miles later, the problems finally started to come back and we replaced it, but again, it just goes to show what totally brand new fluid can do for a tranny. FWIW, I changed the tranny fluid the conventional way about 5,000 miles before the flush. When we did the flush, the 5,000 mile old fluid came out black as night, simply because it mixes with all of the ancient fluid that you cannot access by draining. I'm not one for hokey-pokey stuff, but those flush machines work.

Might not have anything to do with your problem but I just thought I'd share that anyways
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