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Engine trouble, possibly from remote starter install?

I recently had a remote starter installed on my 03 Grand Am. Shortly after (a day or two) i began having engine trouble. It has worsened now. I had it diagnosed at the basic level and was told that there was a multiple cylinder misfire. I had a freind take a look when it got really bad, the engine was very loud and shaking, he said it sounds like oil isn't getting to one part. Is this the case? could this have stemmed from the install of the remote starter?

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  • CARA123 May 11, 2010

    Is the engine a 3.4? check your lower intake, if it has been leaking long enough you could be getting coolant in your oil.

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Try ditching the remote start and see if the problem goes away. It may be a computer thing also, but if something internal is the problem its not the remotes fault.

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