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There's either a big loss of coolant from somewhere such as a hose or cylinder head.
It could also be a faulty cylinder head gasket/cylinder head.
Does the car overheat? Overheating is a symptom of head problems as is loss of power.
Check the coolant level - has it dropped?
Start the engine and see if any air bubbles appear in the coolant. If so, it probably is caused by exhaust gas leaking through the head/head gasket into the cooling system.
Check your engine oil dipstick. If the oil is a greyish/creamy colour that indicates coolant has found its way into the oil system. Cylinder head problem ..
Get somebody to check your car for you. Don't drive it if there's suspected head problems - you'll cause more damage
you would have first check on your car sparks plugs and the leads wire that could have made your car not to have power, know that when the leads wire get wet then its looses sparks needed by plugs to give out power to the engine. loosing oil comes from the overheating from the engine which can end up burn the cylinder head gasket. so try to change the spark plugs together with its leads and put new engine oil and drive test it.
May I ask how long since the last oil change? 2 quarts low is some serious oil loss. You are going to have to do some basic troubleshooting. Start by checking for blown fuses. Next, check to see if you are getting spark to the spark plugs. If you're getting spark, then check for fuel delivery. Do this by cranking the engine with the starter for a few seconds. Then pull one spark plug and see if it is wet with fuel. Let me know what you find and we will go from there. Good luck.
I would take out all the spark plugs and perform a cylinder compression test and compare the results of your engines compression to a repair manuals specs and see if the results sumwhat coinside, if you find the compression to be considerably low across all 4 cylinders i would check your timing belts condition and make sure all the timing marks line up its possible your belt is worn and could have jumped out 1 tooth of valve timing causing extreme power loss in the engine.....
If your air filter is not fresh, the difference in the weather conditions actually causes the air filter to restrict the flow of air into the engine just enough that the super sensitive system you are driving notices it.
There are also other sensors that pick this up causing a performance change in the operating system. If your filter has recently been changed then of course other than being soaked with water in freezing temperatures, this shouldn't be a factor. Just a consideration:
this is also a sign of the car going into the "limp" operation and could also be caused by something getting wet, such as the ignition system. Double check your seals and panels that block moisture from your engine components. Wiring can be sprayed with sealers to help in preventing excessive moisture if your wiring is showing any age.
When you turn the key to start, the engine cranks over? You must check for spark and fuel, if one is missing, the car won't run. Pull a spark plug, with plug wire connected and plug on a metal surface of the engine, have someone turn the key to start, while you watch for spark at the plug. It is easiest to see spark with car out of direct or bright light. If you have spark, attempt to start several times, pull a spark plug and check for evidence of fuel (wet) on plug. Let me know what you find, we can then continue.
It could just be some sort of condensation. I would clean the oil cap well and drive it for a few days. Then check it again. If its a coolant leak it will not go away. I would eliminate the easy stuff before you tear into it.
start with the easy stuff. check the plugs. make sure they are not wet with oil leaking from the spark plug stem seals located on the rocker cover. Check your air filter to make sure its clean. Now for the slightly harder stuff. The spark plug wires should be changed every 80k or so. My suspect the reason for the power loss is most likely a clogged cat convert in the exhaust system. check your exhaust flow. Way to do that is to check the temp. of the exhaust before the cat and the temp. after the cat. If the Cat is plugged the temp before the catalytic converter will be abnormally higher than after the cat.
BUT if you are experiencing misfire of engine. I would go straight to replacing spark plugs and wires. Distributor cap and rotor.
Also check the charging system. make sure the alternator is charging the battery at above 13Volts. With all components on. ( radio/lights/highbeam/AC). Use a voltmeter and check at the battery positive and negative. if its not charging above 13 V replace the alternator.
hi, remove spark plugs and check to see if the part of the plug that is ceramic is wet with oil as probes suffer cam cover gasket oil leakage into plug holes,This will cause rough running especially at low speed. If any plugs are oily then you need to change cam cover gasget or gasgets if its a 24v.
Not a bad job to do,Hope this is helpful,All the best. Phil