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I have a 97 cutlass 3100 v6 yesterday the lifters started getting real loud losing power then heated up a bit not bad then staled cause it got real loud wouldnt start back up that nite started up real loud opened the oil filler cap the valve train on front head isnt moving but cars running what is up thank you for your help please email me a solution ecpeds@aol.com

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The camshaft on this model has sheared in the middle. very common on this model. this car has an interference engine and so the valves have been bent the pistons have been scarred and the engine is toast

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SOURCE: 93 olds cutlass . oil pressure gauge when started car todaygauge did not moveoil level fineruns perfectguage just at low end of guage

2 things come to mind check the negative terminal of battery and the ground wire connected to engine location varies where they connect these but will always originate from neg on battery a quick check to see if you have a proper ground connection is to take one booster cable and connect to neg post on battery and connect the other end to the engine on clean metal (be sure to keep clear of moving parts ) start engine and see if you have pressure on gage if so you must clean ground connection to engine .if this does not correct possible bad sending unit in side of block with one wire connected to it . caution ** temperature sending unit look similar so make sure with one you are taking out

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SOURCE: engine blowing oil from oil filler cap

I had the same problem. I changed the pcv valve and checked the hose. It still did the same thing. Then I checked the metal tubing that the hose connects to and found it was full of hardened gunk. I sprayed PB Blaster into the tube let it soak for awhile. Then took an old choke cable, put it on a drill and ran it into the tube like a drain snake. It took a while of doing this over and over but eventually got it cleared out. Now, no more oil all over the engine and hood compartment.  

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The pcv control unit is bad. Its a big black plastic unit under the intake.

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SOURCE: 89 Ranger 2.9L 150k mi. Lifter noise, power lose, oil pres zero

the lifter noise might have been a bearing going bad or a piston ring. if you lost power you probably lost compression on one cylinder. Try checking your compression with a compression tester screwed into your spark plug socket. here is a site with a procedure.
http://www.automedia.com/Engine_Compression_Test/ccr20050801cc/1

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valve seals shot...get reconditioned head

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