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CHUGGING, NOT RUNNING ON ONLY 2 CYLINDERS

My mom has a Olds Cutlass Calais 1991 - It's in the repair shop (a week now!) and they have not been able to figure out what is wrong. The car suddenly began chugging when backing up, and it doens't get much power when driving it. They said it is running on only two cylinders, but they don't know why. It vibrates the whole car. They noticed it is worse when backing up than when forward. My mom said she smelled a weird smell like rubber burning. Could this be a timing belt problem? What does it run to replace a timing belt on this car?

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I have seen this a few other times, mostly with the Olds 3.8 V-6 . The coil pack mounted on the passenger side front of the engine is a complex piece. It is mounted the "brains" of the engine. If a coil pack goes out it effects 2 cylinders. One thing to look at is the corrosion under the coils. There isn't a solid test for these other than removing the spark plug wire and seeing if it works . There is some danger in that, so only do what your comfortable with trying. If you replace the coil pack, replace it with new only and follow the directions.

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First things first, have they disconnected the catalytic converter? the cat. could be clogged. if it is indeed the timing belt, that is a pretty hefty job on those cars. i think they want close to 8 or 9 hours at whatever the shop charges.

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March 1982 to replace Starfire, Lansing's version of the front-drive 101.2-inch-wheelbase corporate J-body subcompact failed to attract more than about 45,000 customers in most years -- except for 1984, when it garnered a credit­able 82,500 -- even though Olds tried most everything it could think of to sell it.

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