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Car won't start. Problem started with a light clicking noise and got louder over 3 days. Started loosing power while accelerating and the car didn't want to leave 1st gear. After a few seconds of 1st gear holding high rpms it would shift up into 2nd but still with a light pedal (not very responsive). Car just shut off at 50mph, was able to start it once after this and has not started since. Any ideas?

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  • Jeff Turcotte
    Jeff Turcotte Aug 04, 2017

    Hi Dan Rein, I want to help you with your question, but I need more information from you. Can you please add details in the comment box? Is the oil level and pressure good? Sounds like lifters lost oil pressure.

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