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99 Oldsmobile Silhoutte van stalls when you apply on the breaks!

Huge problem, my 99 olds silhoutte van stalls when I apply on the breaks It stalls, shakes, the rpm goes up to 1-2 rpm. It will also cuts off when I apply on the breaks while im driving & that was a very scarey situation! It does turn back on after it stops running. I took it to my mechanic and he assumes the problem is the (iddle air control) and another mechanic said it was the (break buster). I can't afford to change parts and it not be the source of the problem. One of the nice mechanic did help me some, he manage to help me with a "meantime fix," he set the RPM high so that the engine won't stall, and the "meantime fix," does work but now my engine lights turn on. I took the van to auto advance and they did a quick cp check and they told me that my Iddling was to high & I needed a tune up. Now, I'm still afraid to drive it because when I apply on the breaks I hear a WOOSH airy sound spongy feeling and it kinda feels like it's not going to stop but then at times the breaks feels a little hard to make it stop and shakes when I make complete stop at times, and then at times it takes awhile to stop when you apply on the breaks and then sometimes stops fine. When I back up from my parking lot it REALLY acts up bad; it shakes, my dash lights flashes and my breaks gets really hard. I have 5 month old husband getting ready to be out of work Dec 18. He graduates and his lay off payments will quick coming and no one is hiring until the new year and my small town has no jobs. The van we really relay on as our main traveler. We need to get to the point on the problem. We have no money to keep changes pieces that mechanic, "ASSUMES." on the repairs needed. Please let me know any suggestions on what to do and what you might think that the problem is? I will appreciate it.. It will be such a blessing for us to get to the point of it. I'm stuck at home, please help! :o( We are still driving old car and it doesnt have much spark in it, lol. But I thank the man above it's still running.............. Just need this one to GOOOOO! :o( without leaving us broke without a solution.?!

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    Starr Bilboat Nov 15, 2008

    Hi Thomas, so you think that it will solve the problem? Why did the OTHER mechanic mentioned idle control problem? What's the difference between the idle control & break booster? How much is a fair amount for repairs and parts?

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    Starr Bilboat Nov 18, 2008

    Wow, $120 labor. A mechanic told me $450 -500 with labor and parts! He told me 4 hrs labor because it was hard to get to on this model van. I can't believe it. Thats why girls dont go alone. They eat you alive! I did manage to find someone who is going to put the part in for me and I would have to trade him my old car. He also said he would find me the piece used for $35 which he did manage to find one out of a 40,000 mile car. You think this a good idea? He said he is coming Wedesday to get it fix. Should I mention the idle control?

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    Starr Bilboat Nov 23, 2008

    YEAAAAAAAAAAH!! Car is fixed!!! It was the break booster. I got a brake booster used under 40,000 miles for $35. Then I prayed and the Lord sent me some mechanics my way! They needed some extra $ and they can in Saturday to work on my van. They did replace the break booster. Now, when I step on the breaks no vacuum nose and it stops well. The ONLY thing I have noticed , and maybe its just me because I have been use to the Van stopping slow. I notice that it breaks a little hard, but stops fine I just have to apply a little more effort to push with my foot on the breaks. HMMM, I wonder if it just me or im weak? LOL.. Maybe the breaks is normal to push a little harder. BEFORE It took me longer to push in the breaks to stop maybe thats wHY???? The mechanics did say I needed a tune-up because their is misfire causing the engine light. The price for they gave me to do the tuneup is $100-$125 with plugs, wires, air filter, filter, cleaning something cant remeber all that for that price. Is that a fair amount? I think I might have found me SOME great mechanics they charged me $100 to put in the break booster!! It They told me they know it cost way more. Which is true every mechanic wanted to charge me $260-300 labor to put in the break booster. I'm telling you the blessing came from above. I told the mechanic thats all I can pay which so true, since my husband gets laid off DEC 18! I'm so thankful... Any comments???

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Brake booster.. without a doubt... It creates a vaccuum problem which is why your brakes feel different... the idle should have NEVER been set UP like it was...

Posted on Nov 13, 2008

  • thomas1981 Nov 17, 2008

    sorry it took so long, it didnt tell me that you responded..



    The idle air control might need cleaned, just a can of carb and choke cleaner is all it takes... the repair shop should charge 1/2 hour to clean it ( 20-25$$)



    As for the brake booster that should be about a 2 hour job, shop time. so around 100- 125 in labor



    I am currently replacing a cracked head on the same van for a guy and they are actually really simple to work on, shops are hard to find that are fair, and honest...

  • thomas1981 Nov 18, 2008

    I am not sure what kind of car you are trading, but buying a used one doesnt seem to be an issue...

    Honestly this day and age I guess we all do what we can to get by...

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Van stalled while driving, thought I ran out of gas. Coasted to gas station, got gas and then it would roll over and then stall. I tried to started it alot and then it wouldn't even roll over..Please help..

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YEAAAAAAAAAAH!! Car is fixed!!! It was the break booster. I got a brake booster used under 40,000 miles for $35. Then I prayed and the Lord sent me some mechanics my way! They needed some extra $ and they can in Saturday to work on my van. They did replace the break booster. Now, when I step on the breaks no vacuum nose and it stops well. The ONLY thing I have noticed , and maybe its just me because I have been use to the Van stopping slow. I notice that it breaks a little hard, but stops fine I just have to apply a little more effort to push with my foot on the breaks. HMMM, I wonder if it just me or im weak? LOL.. Maybe the breaks is normal to push a little harder. BEFORE It took me longer to push in the breaks to stop maybe thats wHY???? The mechanics did say I needed a tune-up because their is misfire causing the engine light. The price for they gave me to do the tuneup is $100-$125 with plugs, wires, air filter, filter, cleaning something cant remeber all that for that price. Is that a fair amount? I think I might have found me SOME great mechanics they charged me $100 to put in the break booster!! It They told me they know it cost way more. Which is true every mechanic wanted to charge me $260-300 labor to put in the break booster. I'm telling you the blessing came from above. I told the mechanic thats all I can pay which so true, since my husband gets laid off DEC 18! I'm so thankful... Any comments???

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