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Seat belts, engine light, transm, stearing power, headlights

Ok so this car was given to me for my birthday.

1) my seat belts wont roll back on both sides the driver and the passenger. Its only the top part.

2) my engine light wont turn off at all. Some guy said he disconnected it because it wasn't working anyway. (that was bs) I don't want him to touch my car again i don't trust him. It was working just fine before now i don't if there really is something wrong with my engine.

3) transmission leaks not too much but it leaks and my engine too.

4) my stearing power leaks a lot way too much. I don't know where its leaking from.

5) when i first start my car it wont really start i have to push on the gas and sometimes the rpm goes to 30 but im not even moving and it just takes off on me. sometimes i think its leaking gas or something but everyone i go to tell me its fine. but i can smell it also while driving it throws like some type of smoke or something because i can feel it on my throught after a while. it goes in through the vent but how do i know what it is?

6) lately when i start my car or turn it off it throws this black stuff through the muffler it looks like gun powder.

7) i had a banging noise at the bottom of my car so i was looking underneath it and found a hose that was just hanging there and it felt pretty old when i went to move it around it broke off along with a lil peice of a carb tank. oops. is that really importnant?!

8) my headlight on the driverside won't go up when i turn my lights on.

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    seat belts wonot roll up!!!

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Hello, So where do you want to start?
1. Your seat belts are locking because the mechanism is dirty or the car has been in a wreck. If you slowly pull the seat belt as far as it will go and while holding it out spray WD40 into the plastic slot where the belt comes out near the floor, this may help with that.
2. If you engine light is on then there is something wrong. If you remove the negative battery cable, there will be a - sign on the top of the battery above the cable, and keep it off for a couple of minutes then put it back on it might turn the light off. If the light comes on when you run the engine then you have a problem.
3. Your gaskets are old and have to be replaced. All older vehicles leak some oil so if it's not leaking very much don't worry too much right now. Just keep an eye on you oil levels.
4. Your power steering could be leaking from a hose or one of the seals in your pump or steering box. In order to find the leak you will need to spray off your engine and look for where the leak is coming from.
5. I'm not sure exactly what your saying other than the engine starts hard and you have to give it a lot of gas to get moving. CHECK YOUR TRANSMISSION FLUID NOW! you will ruin your transmission if it gets low on fluid. If you need help ask me and I will walk you through it. The smell can be from the dirty engine and poor running engine.
6. That's carbon and is a natural by-product of burning oil/gas. By fixing your other problems you will make that clear up.
7. Yah oops. What's "carb tank". This could be a cause of some of your problems. You'll need to find out where it belongs and replace it.
8. You have little motors on some cars or what's called a vacuum diaphragm on others. We can find out which one it is.

Well I hope I helped you get an idea of what your up against. If you want to try and fix these things I will be glad to help. Just let me know. You can click on my dmr0dmr to get direct help from me. Good luck.

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1)  old worn out parts, check local junkyards.
2)  can be caused by many things, most likely a vacuum leak, or manifold cracked.
3)  check your oil and transmission levels every time you get gas and add fluids as needed until proper repairs can be made, most likely gaskets and seals, depending on the severity of the leaks and how long you plan to keep the vehicle it may be more economical not to make repairs and just keep checking it.
4)  start the car and have someone turn the wheel all the way back and forth while you look to see where it is leaking, be careful of moving parts.  once again may be more economical to remove the belt from the power steering pump, that will stop leaks but also disable power steering.
5)  if the car is carbureted, it will usually require a few pumps on the gas pedal prior to starting this is normal in older vehicles.  If your transmission fluid is low it will cause jerking and hard shifts, this may also be caused by bad bands or clutches in the transmission which will require a rebuild.  the gas smell may be exhaust, which also points to a cracked manifold, this is very dangerous and must be fixed asap.
6)  that black stuff is carbon buildup, a by-product of gasoline combustion.  This could be caused by a plugged catalytic converter, lots of buildup in the pipes, or an out of adjustment carburetor or another condition that would cause too much fuel to be dumped into the engine (If engine is EFI possibly a bad sensor).
7)  that hose could have been a vent line.  if you see somewhere it should have connected to that is nearby, it may need to be replaced, but odds are it was just a vent.
8)  check all fuses, if still not working check wiring, if thats not it then it is most likely a motor that needs to be replaced.
My advice to you:  Baby this car along and save your money for a better car,  most mid 80's to mid 90's pontiacs are very problematic cars.  Best of luck!

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